- The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says it has registered about 80,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) following the recent killings carried out by herdsmen
- SEMA’s executive secretary, Emmanuel Shior, disclosed that the IDP’s were being kept in four camps in the state; but that depending on the situation, more of such locations were likely to be opened
- He stated that SEMA would do its best to makes sure that the IDP’s did not live below the set standard, despite the fact that the agency was getting overwhelmed
Following the recent killings carried out by herdsmen, the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says it has registered about 80,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
According to The Cable, the development was made public by the executive secretary of SEMA, Emmanuel Shior.
Legit.ng gathers that Shior disclosed that the IDP’s were being kept in four camps located in the Guma and Logo local government areas, where about 50 people were murdered by suspected herdsmen.
He stated: “At the moment, what we have done is the manual registration of the displaced persons, not the biometrics; and we have registered about 80,000 IDPs across the four camps in the state.
“We are likely to open more camps, depending on the situation, because we have started receiving IDPs from Nasarawa state who were displaced also as a result of the same invaders.
“But Governor Samuel Ortom has already mobilized the agency to take both food and non-food materials to the camps, and we are doing same."
Shior admitted that as a result of the level of humanitarian services being rendered, the agency had gotten overwhelmed.
However, he stated that SEMA would do its best to make sure that the IDPs did not live below the set standard.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ibrahim Idris, the inspector general of police, tendered an apology to the people of Benue state for describing the New Year Day's killings carried out by herdsmen which led to the death of scores of citizens, as ‘communal clashes.’
Idris gave the apology during a town hall meeting at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, on Wednesday, January 10.
The IGP stated that he was apologizing for the ‘misconception’ of the statement he made in Abuja, the nations’ capital.
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