BREAKING: Senate urges FG to return IDPs in Benin Republic

The Senate on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to direct officials of the National Emergency Management Agency and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, to bring back the people of Yewa in Ogun State who had relocated to the Republic of Benin following incessant herdsmen attacks on their communities.

The Senate resolution was a sequel to a point of order raised by the Senator representing Ogun West, Tolu Odebiyi.

The red chamber also mandated relevant security agencies to restore law and order in the troubled communities.

Many Yewa residents had taken refuge at a makeshift Internally Displaced Persons camp located at Pobe in Benin Republic as Fulani herdsmen unleash terror Yewaland.

Some of the villages affected in Yewaland are Oha, Asa, Igbooro, Ibeku, Moro, and Agbon-Ojodu.

The Benin Republic became an option for the fleeing villagers because of its proximity.

Our correspondent who visited areas such as Ohunbe, Asa, Agbon, Isuku, kodera, Iselu, Iyana Meta, Ibeku, Eegelu, Ipobe, Igbo-oko and Iganna, noted that they had been deserted by mostly women due to attacks by suspected herdsmen.

It was gathered that many farmers in the state taking refuge in the Benin Republic shunned the state government palliatives.

Though the government tried to woo them with a few bags of rice and some other stuff to return to the country, the fled residents insisted that they would not return to their villages until security improved in Nigeria.

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