The Senate has asked the Federal Government to repatriate displaced residents of Ogun State who fled to Benin Republic following attacks on their communities by suspected herdsmen.
The Senate made the resolution following a motion moved by Senator Tolu Odebiyi, the lawmaker representing Ogun West Senatorial District, at plenary on Wednesday.
According to Odebiyi, some many persons fled the state, noting that the Ogun State government could not be left with the task of resettling the displaced residents.
He said: “Many communities, namely (but not limited to) Asa, Oho Agbooro, Moro, Ibeku and Agbon Ojodu, were affected by the criminal activities of these suspected herdsmen.
“The countless attacks by these criminal elements have forced many residents of these areas have deserted and relocated to a refugee camp in the Pobe area of Benin Republic in search of safety, with many of them forced to live in very unfavourable conditions in the refugee camps.
“The state government alone, can not be left with the onerous task of resettling these displaced citizens, hence, the need for support from the federal government to effectively return the affected citizens back to their various communities.
“If the Benin Republic that is a neighbour to Nigeria could accommodate Nigerians, give them food and set up a refugee camp for them, Nigeria needs to positively step up on how we treat our citizens who are victims of an internally induced crisis.”
The Senate also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) to provide relief for the affected persons.
The motion was adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Senator Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President.