The Conference of Benue Journalists (CBJ), on Sunday in Abuja, called on the Federal Government to urgently take steps to end the continuous attacks on communities in Benue by herdsmen.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Iffer, the group said the attacks were capable of further escalating the security situation in the country.
According to the group, the plea becomes necessary in order to bring the situation to an end.
“We cannot but passionately plead with the Federal Government, since no other level of government in the country has statutory control, or powers over any security organisations in Nigeria.
“We are pleading with President Goodluck Jonathan to quickly take steps that can put a stop to these attacks that have led to loss of many lives.’’
The group also warned that the situation was capable of causing food crisis in the country as the people in the area were predominantly farmers.
“It is common knowledge that Benue is the food basket of the nation, and most of the food eaten in the nation’s capital, Abuja, and other parts of Nigeria, comes from the state.
“It is however sad that farmers who produce these crops are either being killed or displaced, a situation that could negatively affect their productivity if nothing is done.’’