Benue State Government Laments Rise in Insecurity, Distributes Relief Items to Displaced Persons

The Benue State Government expressed deep concern over the escalating insecurity within the state, citing its detrimental impact on displaced persons’ ability to return to their ancestral homes. James Iorpuu, the Executive Secretary of the Benue State Emergency and Management Agency (SEMA), lamented the persistent attacks by suspected herders, which thwarted efforts to facilitate the return of displaced individuals to their communities.

During a briefing with journalists while overseeing the distribution of food and non-food items to displaced persons, Iorpuu highlighted the regions affected by the insecurity. He mentioned eight local government areas, including Kwande, Katsina-Ala, Ukum, Apa, Okpokwu, Agatu, Guma, and Logo, where communities experienced repeated displacements due to ongoing violence.

Iorpuu emphasized the challenges faced by displaced individuals attempting to resume farming activities and rebuild their lives, only to face further displacement. He outlined the distribution of essential items such as rice, beans, garri, noodles, cooking oil, condiments, sugar, detergents, soap, and mattresses to address the immediate needs of affected populations.

The relief distribution was labeled as an Easter initiative by the state government, aiming to provide support to displaced individuals, particularly those recently affected in various LGAs. Iorpuu reiterated the governor’s directive to ensure the effective delivery of aid to impacted communities and emphasized the importance of assessing the extent of damage in affected areas.


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