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Displaced people living in Benin Republic refugee camp are not Ogun indigenes – state peace committee chair

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By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government on Monday reacted to reports that people affected by herdsmen attacks in some parts of Yewa North and Imeko-Afon Local Government Areas, have fled their communities to seek refuge in the neighbouring Republic of Benin.

According to the government, the people involved in the movement were those who were not actual inhabitants of the communities, but those who came from the neighbouring country to lease farmlands in the area.

Chairman of the Ogun State Peace Keeping Committee on Farmers/Herders Conflict, Kayode Oladele, made this known on Monday, in his remark at a meeting of the committee at the Obas’ Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Displaced and homeless

Oladele said that there was no crisis in Yewaland that would warrant its people to become refugees in another country.

He also said the committee at no time asked the people of Yewaland to stop going to their farms, stressing that the committee has no power to do so.

The Chairman added that the committee only gave an advice to the people residing in the epicenter of the crisis to stay clear of their farms or go in groups if they must go and farm.

Photos have been circulating showing a growing number of people displaced by herdsmen attacks on Yewa farming communities congregating at a refugee camp at Pobe, Benin Republic.