Former Governor of Ogun State and Senator Representing Ogun Central, Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday, joined Senator Tolu Odebiyi of Ogun West in calling for the relocation of Yewa indigenes who fled to Benin Republic because of the latest herdsmen assaults.
The 2 Senators made the plea on the flooring of the Senate by means of a movement moved by Odebiyi and seconded by Amosun.
That is coming at a time the Ogun State Authorities continues to be insisting there was no Ogun indigene in any refugee camp in Benin Republic.
DAILY POST had earlier reported that scores of Ogun indigenes have turned refugees within the French-speaking nation to keep away from being killed by fiendish herdsmen; however the state authorities burdened that there was nothing like that.
Governor Dapo Abiodun held that it will have attracted diplomatic strikes between Nigeria and the nation internet hosting the refugees if the report was true.
The Chairman of Ogun State Peace Protecting Committee on Farmers/Herders Battle, Hon. Kayode Oladele, mentioned these relocating to Benin Republic have been Egun and Ohori individuals, who he mentioned will not be really unique Yewa indigenes.
Nonetheless, DAILY POST reported on Tuesday, a video that confirmed the relocation of Ogun indigenes to the neighbouring nation.
Shifting a movement below Order 42 and 52, Sen. Odebiyi confirmed that lots of his constituents had develop into refugees in Benin Republic.
He mentioned the movement was regarding the pressing must intervene within the plight of communities displaced and compelled to hunt refuge in Benin Republic because of incessant assaults by bandits and suspected herdsmen in Ogun State.
In line with him, “lots of the assaults by suspected herdsmen within the space stay perennial owing to the close to absence of police and different safety personnel within the affected communities.
“Many Communities like Asa, Oho, Igbooro, Moro, Imeko, Agbon Ojodu have been affected by the prison actions of suspected herdsmen.
“Numerous assaults by the prison parts have prompted many residents of the areas to abandon and relocate to a refugee camp in Benin Republic in the hunt for security, with lots of them in unfavourable situations within the refugee camps. It could curiosity you to know that I visited a few of these communities; all the ladies have left for the neighbouring nation, Benin Republic and all dwelling in unfavourable situations.
“The state Authorities alone can’t be left with the onerous job of relocating these displaced residents, therefore the necessity for the Federal Authorities to successfully return the affected residents again to their varied communities.
“Additional disturbed that, if the Benin Republic that could be a neighbour to Nigeria may accommodate Nigerians in time of disaster, give them meals and arrange a refugee camp for them, Nigeria must positively step up on how we deal with our residents who’re victims of an internally induced disaster.”
In his prayers, Odebiyi known as on the Nigeria Emergency Administration Company (NEMA), Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Border Communities Growth Company to undertake an on-the-spot evaluation of the affected communities with a view to figuring out the extent of the issue and supply aid to the affected individuals.
He additionally known as on the involved authorities to pursue and put in place the required mechanism for the relocation of the affected individuals and their communities, asking the police to offer police posts and guarantee police presence within the communities to make sure safety of lives and properties.
Seconding the movement, former Governor Amosun mentioned the federal government shouldn’t be drained in making concerted efforts to make sure “we resolve these safety challenges we’re presently having.”
Amosun said that, “I wish to simply implore, based on the movement moved by Sen. Tolu Odebiyi, that we must always do every part humanly potential to ensure these our residents which have relocated (so I heard and I noticed the video) to the Republic of Benin are introduced again residence; and we must always get all vital safety equipment in place for them to be snug to remain inside.”
In the meantime, the Senate has handed a decision directing the involved Federal Authorities companies to take vital actions in direction of relocating the displaced individuals in Ogun.