Thousands of Fulani herdsmen flee Benue for C’river

Channels Television  
Updated March 28, 2012

Cross River State Government has expressed its worry over the migration of about 3,000 Fulani herdsmen from Katsina Alla, Benue State, to Utanga in Obanliku Local Government Area of its state.

The refugees, are believed to be among those who fled Benue state in the wake of the clash between Fulani herdsmen and Tiv groups recently, leading to the loss of several lives and property.

Although government officials declined comments, a Nigerian newspaper learnt that the security agencies had been put on high alert to prevent any breakdown of law in the state.

The Assistant Director of Information, SEMA, Mr. David Akate, said the Fulani herdsmen were gradually settling in about four camps using grasses and tree shades as shelter.

According to him, “The displaced persons had hundreds of tiny piles of their belongings such as clothes, mats and cooking utensils scattered all over the place are obviously passing through trying times, especially the lack of basic necessities of life such as food, clothing and shelter.”

Aquah however assured that the hospitality of the people of the state would be extended to them and admonished the refugees to be law- abiding while they go about their duties without fear.