Benue State Government yesterday decamped over 13,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, consisting of aged men and women, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children.
The IDPs had taken refuge at the international market built by the out-gone administration due to flood, occasioned by torrential rainfall and over flooding of River Benue as a result of the release of water from Ladgo Dam in Cameroun.
Some of the IDPs who spoke under anonymity told Nigerian Pilot that they were only fed with garri for the period of one month that they stayed in camp.
They accused the camp managers of diverting their relief materials, contrary to claims by the camp managers that the IDPs were adequately taken care of.
According to a woman, “Sometimes we were arrested by the vigilante group for no reason and beaten up mercilessly after which they took us aside to a dark side.”
But Head of Information of the State Emergency Relief Agency, SEMA, Peter Puusu, denied the allegations by the IDPs that they were maltreated.
He said that they adequately took care of the 13000 displaced persons in the camp.
Mr. Puusu also said SEMA was meant to provide temporary relief to the IDPs most of whom went to their various places of work from the camp to feed their families.
He also said that some of them are really not displaced, even as he accused them of stealing some of the relief materials and throwing them over the fence of the International Market where they were accommodated.