Benue records 18,000 IDPs in April

No fewer than 18,000 people were displaced this month following the recent attacks on some communities in Benue State.

The Executive Secretary, State Emergency and Management Agency, Emmanuel Shior, disclosed this on Tuesday during the distribution of relief materials to some internally displaced persons in the state.

Recall that some communities in Apa, Otukpo and Guma local government areas were attacked by suspected armed herders between April 5th and 9th, 2023 leading to the loss of 135 lives.

Giving the breakdown of displaced persons within the month of April, the SEMA boss said that 8,000 IDPs were recorded and camped in Adoka, Otukpo LGA, 10,000 others are in Apa taking refuge in Ugbokpo, the local government headquarter.

He said, “Benue has continued to be under siege for a long time. Recent killings in Benue State have added burden of taking care of the IDPs.

“For instance, 8,000 people are currently camped in Adoka in Otukpo local government and another 10,000 people taken refuge in Ugbokpo, headquarters of Apa LGA.

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Shior appealed to the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency, the National Commission for Refugee, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and other partners who he said were already assisting the state to further help in lessening the state’s burden.

“They should do more to increase their support. Federal government should do more to support the State to put in place plans to return the IDPs as they are tired of staying in camps and in the host communities for over 5 years. Spirited individuals should also help us”, Shior appealed.

Items distributed include 3500 bags of rice, 800 bags of beans (100kg),10000 cartons of indomie,1800 bags of garri, 600 bags of salt, 600 cartons of Maggie and 10000 tubers of yams.

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