The Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, says it has registered about 80,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, across four camps located in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state.
Guma and Logo were the local governments affected by the recent murder of about 50 people by suspected herdsmen.
The killings have been condemned by Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari who ordered the Inspector General of Police to move to the state to quell the violence there. Mr. Idris arrived Benue on Wednesday.
The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Emmanuel Shior, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi on Wednesday.
Mr. Shior said that the agency arrived at the figure during its manual registration of the IDPs in the two local government areas.
He said the IDPs were at the government approved camps at Daudu, Tse-Ginde, Gbajimba all in Guma and Ugba in Logo local councils.