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ICC Note: Fulani Militant violence has continued to grow worse this year. Benue State’s Governor, Samuel Ortom, said that he has had over 450 people killed in his state alone. This violence has continued to go unchecked and has destroyed thousands of families and communities.

 

05/29/2018 Nigeria (World Watch Monitor) – Violence attributed to militant Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria has reached a record high this year.

The Governor of the central state of Benue said this week that 492 people have been killed in his state alone so far this year.

Governor Samuel Ortom was speaking 22 May at the mass burial of 19 Catholics, including two priests, killed during early morning Mass at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, by herdsmen a month ago.

Amongst the mourners was the Nigerian Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, who pledged that the killings will not go unpunished, and that the Federal government is determined to end the violence.

Such attacks have become recurrent in Benue in recent months. Since the introduction in November 2017 of a controversial law banning herders from open grazing in the state, attacks have been carried out on an almost daily basis. At least 18 of Benue’s 23 Local Government Areas have been attacked, said Ortom.

 

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