Escape from Shun Ogun residents, palliatives, stay in refugee camp
Hundreds of victims of the crisis of farmers / shepherds in the local government of the Northern Yewa region of Ogun who are taking refuge in the Republic of Benin have avoided state government palliatives.
They insisted that they would not return to their villages in Nigeria until security improved.
PUNCH reported that many residents fled to the Republic of Benin, including five pregnant women who gave birth to their children.
On Sunday, the state government courted palliative victims who were taken to their villages, but no one was on earth to pick them up.
Olaolu Olabimtan, chairman of the Palliative Action Subcommittee, who is also the Budgeting and Planning Commissioner, handing over palliatives to stakeholders in the area, called the gesture a sign that better things lie ahead.
When asked about the palliative plan, Iseluland’s Eselu Oba Akintunde Akiniemi said on Monday that residents are unwilling to receive them from the state government.
He said that many residents chose to be enslaved elsewhere rather than die on their own land due to the unsafe environment in the area.
“We thank the governor for this, then we begged our people to return home; we’re working to keep them safe when they return, but right now this whole place is deserted. There are palliatives, there is no one to collect them.
“This is a terrible situation; no one is around. They gave up their homes, schools, everywhere. Palliatives in Tata; we cannot go and take them because we are still looking for someone to give them to; some residents even say they won’t come until security is in place.
“We have contacted them, some are in Ipobe, others in Egelu, Port Novo, and still others say that it is better for them to be enslaved somewhere else than to be killed in Nigeria,” he added.
Source: – Punch ng