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IDPs At Border Communities Appeals For Security Posts To Àid Return

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Internally displaced Persons (IDPs) at the borders of Benue and Nasarawa states have appealed to the Federal Government to build security posts at the border areas and stationed security personnel there, to stem the gorilla war fare embarked upon by the herdsmen men,especially at night.

The yet to return IDPs including Jacob Kuje who sopke with correspondent disclosed that even though the operations of Operation Whirl Stroke has helped most of the IDPs to go back to their ancestral homes most of them at the border areas of Bakin Korta, Giza, Aninge, Atongu Rukubi communities among others are still in fear.

Commander Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Adeyemi Yekini who led journalists on a patrol of the affected communities and  some camps disclosed that already 236, 864 IDPs in affected states of Benue, Nasarawa and part of Taraba have return back to their communities.

General Yekini explained that out of this figure 201, 864 are form communities in Benue while while the remaining are from Nasarawa and Taraba  states respectively.

In an interview with some of the  IDPs who for fear of the unknown are still living in the camps  including Agure Koryol who said they were afraid to go back because of the gorilla attack the herdsmen men are carrying out in recent times.

“I was displaced from Imon a border in Obi local government area of Nasarawa state since April, I and my  two wives and ten children have being staying in the camp, thinking that within a short possible time we will go back, but to no avail, we are almost clocking a year here, any attempt to survey our communities by our people, some of them will be killed in the night by the herdsmen, and in the morning they will run back to Nasarawa ”

“Koryol who appealed to the government help rebuild their homes and provide security so that they can go home and start a new lease of life said their  major problem at the camp now is shortage of food.

Another IDP Ukorstaha Gbamwuan, who is also a father of 14 children said he arrived the camp on the 2nd of January 2018 following the New year attacked by herdsmen at Barki Korta,a boundary between Benue and. Nasarawa state where his immediate younger brother, Terdzungwe Gbamwuan was killed in the attack.

 

“We are tired of staying here at the camp,  but afraid to go back, especially we that are living at the borders of Benue and Nasarawa state, these areas are not safe, the herdsmen are still camping on the other side of the river Bank, and when they discover that every where is quiet, especially at night they will come, attack and run back to Nasarawa, so we are afraid except we see security stationed at the borders”

A widow, mama Afanyo Agure, who lamented that life was not easy at the camp, said they were attack on new year at Atongu, Mbabai, also a border between Nasarawa and Benue and her husband and elderly man was killed leaving her with children.

Some of the returnees, including Christiana Maga from Ukpam, and the district head of Mbabai chief Emmanuel Aza Uvir who commended OPWS for their operations which led to the returned of many IDPs in some communities appealed to the Federal government to build security post at the border areas to build confidence in the minds of the affected persons in the area to also returned back to their communities.

Correspondent observed during the visit that most border communities like Bakin Korta, Giza Atongo, Tse Umande among others even though there were no sights of cows, no human activity is going on there.

 

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