At least 133,000 have been displaced in the attacks by suspected herdsmen in Central Nigeria's Plateau State, a local association of ethnic nationalities has said.
The Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Natives (PIDAN), acclaimed umbrella body of all ethnic nationalities in Plateau State on Saturday told journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State that of the total number, over 11,000 were taking refuge in at least 10 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state.
As of last count, 221 people were confirmed to have been killed in the attacks that lasted several hours in 11 villages, the group's Chairman, Dr. Aboi Madaki said.
"PIDAN in collaboration with the Conference of autochthonous Ethnic Community Development Association (CONAEDA) has a Committee on affected communities known as Committee of frontline communities and our data from members of the committee revealed the following deaths in four local government areas in the June 2018 attacks: Barkin Ladi - 205; Riyom-9; Jos South - 3 and Mangu - 2,"
The figures according to him were from the group's records of June 26, 2018.
"Even as of yesterday, more corpses were being recovered," he said.
The killings, a women group in Jos says are disheartening as they involve mainly women and children.
"This is therefore calling on all stakeholders to come together and find a lasting solution to the problem of insecurity which has bedeviled many parts of our dear country for some time now," said Mrs. JOPHIA GUPAR
PLATEAU STATE COORDINATOR, WOMEN FOR WOMEN AND HE FOR SHE group in a Press conference in Jos, Saturday.
Failure to do so the group said would push women to pick up the challenge to fight for the freedom of the State.
"We have had enough, and if the men can't do something, we the women are ready to fight," Mrs. Gupar said.
Plateau State in central Nigeria was last weekend hit by series of attacks by armed men believes to be Fulani herdsmen.
Police gave the number casualties recorded in the attacks as 86.
Local media had however placed the figure at 200.
The State Governor, Simon Lalong also on Monday told the Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari during a town hall in Jos, that those killed were Kore than 200.
President Buhari had in the past maintained defiant silence on the killings by herdsmen from his Fulani tribe since he became President in 2015.
His ability to stop the killings, analysts say could determine the success of his second term bid in the country's General Elections fixed for next year February.