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HERDSMEN KILLINGS: Nigerians Refuge In Benin Republic Camp Shun Ogun Govt Palliative

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…vow never to return home

Hundreds of Nigerians fleeing from the raging farmers/herders’ crisis in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State and now taking refuge in Benin Republic have shunned the palliatives of the state government.

The villagers insisted that they would not return to their settlements in Nigeria until security is improved.

Recall that many villagers had recently fled to Benin Republic, with five pregnant women among them delivered of their babies.

Ogun State Government’s attempt on Sunday to woo the victims back home with palliatives delivered to their villages, but none of them was available to collect them.

Chairman, Subcommittee on Palliatives, Olaolu Olabimtan, who is also the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, who delivered the palliatives to the villagers in the area, said the gesture was a sign of better things to come.

But the traditional ruler of the area, the Eselu of Iseluland, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, on Monday, said the residents were not available to receive the palliative from the state government.

Oba Akinyemi said many of the villagers would rather be slaves elsewhere than die on their own land because of the worsening insecurity in the area.

The monarch said, “We thank the governor for doing that, then, we have begged our people to come home; we are working on the assurance of security when they return, but right now, the whole place has been deserted. The palliatives are outside there, there is no one to collect them.

“It is a terrible situation; nobody is around. They have deserted the houses, the schools, everywhere. Palliatives are in Tata; we can’t go and pick them because we are still looking for who to give them to; some residents are even saying that they won’t come until there is security.

“We have been getting in touch with them, some are in Ipobe, some are in Eegelu, Port Novo, and others are saying that it is better for them to be slaves elsewhere than to be killed in Nigeria.”

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