Herdsmen attacks: 483,699 IDPs in camps

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The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said there are 483,699 Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) in various camps across Benue State.

According to SEMA, the presence of IDPs in various camps is as a result of herdsmen attacks on Benue communities, who are predominantly farmers.

The Executive Secretary Hon. Emmanuel Shior said the number of IDPs has overwhelmed Benue State Government resulting to a huge humanitarian crisis.

Reading a communique to newsmen after a two day symposium organised by SEMA in collaboration with Yavnielle Konsult tilled: ‘Displaced ,traumatized and neglected: A humanitarian crisis in Benue State, the Communique described as false and malicious attempt in some quarters to link herdsmen attacks and invasion of armed groups on Benue communities to the fall of Ghaddafi in Libya and the enactment of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017 in Benue State.
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The communique further called on Civil Society Organization and the media to take more interest in the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) who are facing untold hardship with a view of attracting relief for them.

The Executive Secretary on his part told The Nation in an interview that the Federal Government through it’s relief agencies like NEMA has neglected Benue IDPs who are facing hardship in various camps.

He said out of the hundreds of IDPs, 138,212 are between the ages of 1- 9, and they face a bleak future as most of their parents have been killed by armed herdsmen.

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