FG says ‘can’t trace Nigerian refugees in Benin’

The Federal Government on Wednesday says it cannot locate the displaced Ogun State residents who took refuge in Benin Republic after their community was attacked by suspected armed herdsmen.

FG says Nigerian Embassy officials, who visited the communities where the people were taking shelter, were informed that they had returned to their communities in Nigeria.

The displaced persons from Agbon-Ojodu, Moro, Asa,  Ibeku and other villages in the Yewa Local Government Area of Ogun State had abandoned their communities and took refuge in neighbouring Benin Republic following incessant attacks by armed herdsmen.

The Senate had penultimate Wednesday asked the Federal Government to direct officials of the National Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to bring the refugees back.

Giving an update on the matter, Director of Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bolaji Akinremi, said no Nigerian refugee was found in Benin Republic.

He stated, “Our mission visited the villages mentioned and met with rulers, but was told that those who came as a result of the crisis had returned after a few days. So, no Nigerian refugee was found in Benin Republic”.

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