Herders’ attack: Benue, CSOs seek aide from international community

The Benue state government and the civil society organisations Wednesday called on the international community to assist the state to end the carnage on the people by herdsmen and provide relief support to the people affected.

Mr Terrence Kuanum, who spoke for the CSOs and executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Emmanuel Shior, said the call was necessary because of the huge humanitarian situation the state was facing due to constant attacks in the people by the marauders.

They said the situation has also resulted to huge burden on the shoulders of the state government and it’s becoming extremely difficult on how to manage the crisis.

Speaking with newsmen on the humanitarian challenges posed to the state as a result of killing of seven IDPs at the Abagena camp, the SEMA boss, Dr. Shior, lamented inadequacy of security in some of the camps and appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to deploy more policemen to the state to assist secure the people, living in the eight designated IDP camps.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the IGP to further appeal to President Mohammadu Buhari to provide more policemen to the state to help secure the IDP camps.

“I also want to call on the international community to come to the aid of the IDPs. In Benue state here, in the area of humanitarian crisis, we work with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), we work with International Committee for the Red Cross, we work with doctors without borders and other humanitarian partners to help the state in the stemming the growing insecurity situation bedeviling the state.”