Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Agatu Attack: We Need Food, Refugee Camps – Benue IDPs

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) that are fleeing from the attacked communities of Agatu local government area of Benue State yesterday decried the lack of food and unavailability of refugee camps to enhance their living conditions.

An armed Fulani militia had on Sunday morning attacked the Egba village of Agatu and killed about 90 persons including men, women and children. The gunmen also destroyed properties and farmlands.

Yesterday, scores of displaced persons were seen with their surviving family members, personal belongings and domestic animals, trekking to some neighbouring communities in Apa LGA of the state.

About 48 hours after the heinous attack, the Benue State government has not opted to set up refugee camps and provide relief materials to the displaced persons.

A displaced person, who gave his name as Sunday Ngbede, was seen in Otukpo town with his wife and four kids. He said he escaped the attack by the whiskers and that he decided to flee the area because there was no food and place for him to live in.

However, when contacted, the executive secretary of Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BSEMA), Adikpo Agbatse, said men of the agency have been deployed to the attacked villages to assess the level of destruction and find possible locations where refugee camps would be situated.

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