“We Can’t Find Ogun Refugees In Benin Republic” – FG

The federal has disclosed that the displaced Ogun state citizens who are reportedly taking refuge in the neighboring Benin Republic are nowhere to be found.

They were said to possess been displaced following the attack on their communities by Fulani herdsmen.

The government said that they receive information upon reaching the world where the Ogun residents were taking shelter that they had returned to Nigeria.

Mr. Bolaji Akinremi, the Director of Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told newsmen made this known in response to the queries of what the govt was doing to assist return the refugees.

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From Agbon-Ojodu, Moro, Asa, Ibeku, and other villages within the Yewa government Area of Ogun State, some displaced persons had fled their communities to hunt refuge within the Benin Republic after the herders – farmers clashes.

Over 20 persons are reportedly killed by the herdsmen, who also graze their animals on farms within the communities.

It was reported that quite 20 persons had been killed by herdsmen, who also feed their animals within the communities.

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The Senate had earlier given the federal and ultimatum till Wednesday to direct the National Emergency Management Agency officials and therefore the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to locate and return the refugees to the country.

The Senate made the order following Senator Tolu Odebiyi, representing Ogun West, raised the point of order.

However, during a fresh update on the matter, Akinremi revealed that no Nigerian was found within the Benin Republic.

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He stated,

“Our mission visited the villages mentioned and met with rulers, but was told that those that came as a result of the crisis had returned after a couple of days. So, no Nigerian refugee was found in the Benin Republic. In line with the varied media reports and therefore the reported National Assembly directive for NEMA to bring them back home, the MFA are going to be willing to support as appropriate.”

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