BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI — The management of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Makurdi, has shut the hospital and ordered the evacuation of patients, following the state of insecurity occasioned by the killing of 60 persons by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the area.
The Consultant Pathologist at the FMC, Dr. Donatus Dzuachii, had earlier said that dead bodies from the Falani/Tiv war in Gbajimba, Guma and Gwer communities had over-stretched mortuary facilities at the FMC.
Dzuachii, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Makurdi, yesterday, said that the mortuary, which was designed to accommodate only 50 corpses had 107 corpses.
He said that 54 of the corpses had been abandoned in the mortuary in the past one year, while the remaining 53 were victims of herdsmen attacks and those who died of ailments unrelated to the attacks.
“The mortuary is actually overwhelmed with corpses; at the moment we have 107 corpses, 54 unclaimed corpses while 53 corpses are victims of the ongoing crisis in Guma, Gbajimba and Gwer.
However, reacting to the situation, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Cletus Akwaya said that the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt-General Kenneth Minimah, had directed the deployment of over 800 military personnel to assist the Benue State government stem the clashes between herdsmen and the natives in the state.
On Tuesday, suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Tse-Agena community after sacking the people of Gbajimba, Guma Local Government headquarters, killing and maiming innocent people, especially women and children.
This was even as some students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, had started fleeing their hostels for fear of being killed by the Fulani attackers.
One of the students, who preferred anonymity, told Vanguard, yesterday, in Makurdi, the state capital, that they fled their hostels due to lack of adequate security within and outside the institution which is less than 30 minutes drive from Gbajimba town.
”We have no choice, but to flee our off-campus homes and hostels because Gbajimba, which is just few minutes drive from the school, had been deserted and our fear is that they may re-group and attack the campus and its environs.
”Some of us have decided to attend classes from the town because nobody knows the next move of these invaders.
” The management of our institution has also not found it expedient to beef up security within and outside the institution.”