The United Nations, UN, on Tuesday revealed that no fewer than 1,400 people have been killed by Fulani herdsmen within a period of six months.
The UN Country Director, Edward Kallon made this known in Markudi, Benue state while honoring a meeting with the state Governor Samuel Ortom.
The UN Country Director, also noted that the total killings unleashed by herdsmen has surpassed the killing melted by the world No3 most dangerous terrorist organization Boko Haram in the past 6months.
“Pockets of conflicts and insecurity in the country at large especially where I am today (Benue), the herders and farmers crisis and also kidnapping and banditry. This is now really getting out of hand” he said.
“The last statistics I saw from the government was that over 1,400 people were killed as a result of kidnapping and banditry since the elections.
“This is not a pleasant statistics.”
Kallon also pointed out that institutional failure at all levels of governance was responsible for the killings.
He, therefore, called on the government to pay attention to issues of insecurity.
“We all know the statistics and the menace of herders/farmers problems. There were more people killed by the herders and farmers crisis than the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.
“When I said this in Abuja, it was not being welcomed but that was one statistics we have. These are all due to weak institutions and governance deficit at the Federal, state and local level,” Kallon said