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Published On: Mon, Mar 10th, 2014

Fulani Crisis: Group calls for FG intervention into refugee plight

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In view of the increased refugee situation occasioned by the displacement of people affected by Crisis involving Fulani herdsmen
and farmers in Benue state, the Concerned Benue Citizens Coalition (G10) has appealed to the federal government to look into the plight of the affected victims.

Speaking, the coordinator of the group, Comrade Philip Agbese noted that the crisis had thrown up so many displaced people that the state surely needed assistance from the federal government to provide accommodation and other basic needs for the victims.

According to the group, the federal government should render assistance to the state which according to him “is obviously in need
of assistance both financially and logistically to tend for these displaced people”.

Agbese further suggested that it will be wise if financial provision is made for the state to take care of these issues and the ongoing
crisis in the state, noting that the with the security situation in the state the allocation of the state will certainly not be enough to
settle all situations and also ably take care of the security in the state. He therefore pleaded with the state government to look into the state’s allocation in subsequent federation account sittings.

He also urged the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to hasten its efforts at providing relief to the crisis victims, while enjoining the security agencies posted to quell the stem of violence to put in more efforts in combating the raging violence.

” it is a sorry sight if you visit the so-called camps that the state government has been able to provide for these people with her meager resources. I think this is something NEMA would have taken up seriously. These people are living in inhuman conditions without basic necessities like water, good foof and even some are found sleeping under trees”, he querried.

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