The Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Prof James Ayatse, has expressed hope that `Operation Whirl Stroke’ recently launched by the military, would end the security challenge in Benue.
Prof Ayatse gave the assurance on Friday in Makurdi, when he led the Benue Council of Traditional Rulers on a sympathy visit to Abagena Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Makurdi and Guma Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state to donate relief materials to the people.
The traditional council presented 260 bags of 50kg of rice and N260, 000 for their upkeep.
Prof Ayatse, said that military operatives have started engaging and neutralising the armed herdsmen, expressing hope that in no distant time, the attacks would be nipped in the bud to pave way for their safe return to their homes.
The paramount ruler commended the Federal Government for deploying the troops to tackle insecurity in the state.
“If you live in clusters when trouble comes your way, you can shout or scream and your kinsmen will hear you immediately and come to your aid’’Ayatse said.
The Chief of Makurdi/Guma, Chief Moses Anagende, advised the people to live together and embrace cluster settlements for their overall good.
The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Emmanuel Shior, said eight camps were opened across the State for the IDPs, numbering 175,070 as at the last registration, in the first week of March.
Shior said the number maybe more than that now because some people were yet to be captured.
He explained that the agency was planning to carry out electronic data capturing know the exact number of IDPs in the State.