The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have stated that over 40,000 people have been displaced following armed assailant attack’s in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Mr Emmanuel Shior the Executive Secretary of SEMA, on Friday reported to media tabloids in Makurdi that the agency had opened four camps for the displaced persons in the affected areas.
Shior disclosed that Gov. Samuel Ortom had been extremely worried over the plight of the people.
“As we speak over 40,000 persons have so far been displaced as a result of the attacks on our people in Guma and Logo LGAs.
Government has decided to open four camps, three in Guma LGA and one in Logo LGA, the camps in Guma LGA are in Daudu, Gbajimba and Agasha, while the camp in Logo LGA is in Ugba,”
Shior stated, “The camps are in areas that are safe and enough security has being provided for the safety of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“What we are doing at the moment is to open temporary camps except the one in Daudu that already has existing camp facilities, the others camps are situated in primary schools located in the areas.
“We do not hope to keep them in the camps for a long time, remember this is January and most of the affected persons are farmers who are still harvesting their crops,”
Shior stated that due to concerns about the safety of the people involved the government has assured the IDPs that though they were displaced they were not misplaced as government and his agency would do everything possible to give them minimum comfort.