The Cross River state government has decided to send back the 3,000 Fulani herdsmen camping at Bagga, Besenge and Utanga communities in Obanliku Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Liyel Imoke Imoke, who stated this on Tuesday when he visited the internally displaced persons, said the herdmen will be repatriated after arrangements are completed with their respective state governments.

The Governor said the State Emergency Management Agency has been directed to attend to the displaced persons by making available for them some relief materials.

He also assured that a detachment of policemen would be deployed there to ensure safety of lives and property.

A spokesman for the displaced persons, who spoke through an interpreter Alhaji Yusuf Usman, said they fled their homes in Takum, Taraba State due to inter-tribal war between the Fulani and the Tiv. According to him, they had initially moved to Katsina Ala in Benue State from where they fled to Obanliku after threats to their lives.
The refugees thanked the Cross River state government for supplying them with foodstuffs, mattresses, mats and blankets.