Governor Samuel Ortom had on several occasions said about two million persons were presently in IDP camps across the state.
In Benue State, the persistent attacks by suspected herders have also led to the closure of some schools.
The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Emmanuel Shior, in an interview with PUNCH on Friday said that he did not have the figure offhand, but that many schoolchildren were in internally displaced persons’ camps in the state.
The SEMA boss said, “Many schools across Benue State are shut down on account of Fulani herdsmen attacks. Majority of the schoolchildren are in IDP camps and are receiving education through the Emergency Education Programme provided by the Benue State Government with the support of other humanitarian partners as well as volunteers.”
Shior stated that it would be wrong to open schools now due to non-stop attacks on communities in the state by the attackers.
“It’s difficult to reopen the schools now because the Fulani herdsmen’s attacks have continued, especially in the rural communities, where the schools have been shut down,” he added