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.
The Benue State government has blamed the mysterious fire that completely razed down a multi-million naira Makurdi property belonging to Governor Gabriel Suswam on the opposition.
The fire had started after 1 p.m. on Thursday, completely engulfing one of the massive buildings in the governor’s private estate, located in the Hudco Quarters of the High Level area in Makurdi.
Media Director to the Governor, Mr. James Uloko didn’t have to look far for the culprits, claiming that the “inhuman act” could be connected to opposition party which had recently “threatened to make the state ungovernable, sensing defeat at the election tribunal.’’
According to the Vanguard, however, security guards on duty at the time of the incident reported hearing voices coming from behind the building.
Before the guards could investigate further, a fire canon was thrown into one of the blocks resulting in the huge flame.
State Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Mohammed, says police officials are carrying an investigation to find the culprits behind the fire, but said no arrests have been made.
Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State confirmed that 100 illegal foreigners from Chad, Niger and Ghana were arrested by the state’s command of the Nigeria Immigration Service.
While addressing Makurdi Club 1930 patron’s night over the weekend,the Governor made the announcment and commended the men of the immigration service for the arrest.He stressed the need for Benue citizens to remain alert and report suspicious movement in their neighbourhood to the security agents.
Suswam said his government was willing to cooperate with security agencies and other corporate organization to tackle security challenges in Benue state and create conducive atmosphere for law abiding citizens to do business.