We will protect IDPs —Benue govt


The Executive Secretary of State Emergency Management Agency,  Dr Emmanuel Shior, has allayed fear of possible further attacks on displaced persons’ camps by herders  across the state.

Shior allayed the fear on Tuesday  during this month distribution of food and non food items to displaced persons across the state.

He assured the state government’s  preparedness to protect lives of not only displaced persons in camps  but also citizens of the state as dry season draws nearer.

Recall that suspected herders last year stormed the Abagana IDP camp along Makurdi/Laafia road where seven people were killed.


Shior  said that the state government was not leaving any stone unturned to ensure protection of lives and property of people of the state including displaced persons in camps.

The SEMA boss said that personnel of the state community volunteer guards, were working closely with conventional security men across the state to ensure protection of lives and property.

Shior said, “The security of lives and property is the responsibility of the Federal Government but since it seems that Federal Government is lacking here,  the state government will not close it’s eyes to watch it’s citizens including displaced persons been attacked.

“You know that the state government of recent unveiled the Communty Guards, which is expected to work together with conventional security men to ensure  protection of lives including that of IDPs.”

While acknowledging the intervention of donor organisations, NEMA and individuals across the country, Shior said that the agency had continued to distribute both food and non food items  to victims of flood and herders attacks across the state.

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