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Benin IDPs camp allegedly used to recruit insurgents

16 July 2015, 09:23 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Benin Congress, a non-governmental organisation, has appealed for the relocation of a camp for internally displaced people in the state alleging it was vulnerable for use as a base to recruit terrorists.

Dr David Ekomwerenren, Director of Publicity and Intelligence of the organisation, said this arose from a meeting held on Monday when intelligence officials from the organisation established the camp might me compromised.

“It has become incumbent on us as stakeholders and host community organization to the IDP camp in Egor Local Government Area, to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate steps to relocate the camp as we are aware that it might metamorphose into a recruitment and safe havens for sympathizers of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group,” said Ekomwerenren.

It is unclear who established the camp.

“We are aware that the camp is privately run by some yet to be known persons; and the tendencies to exploit such a "congregation of depressed and dehumanized people" for criminal and treacherous objectives cannot be ruled out,” said Ekomwerenren.

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He said this prompted the Benin Congress to raise alarm.

“Governments at all levels would be legally and morally held responsible should the camp deteriorate into a life-threatening movement. It beats our imagination that hundreds of persons will be camped in a metropolis for as long as two months before Government agencies will know and acknowledged their disguised existence,” said Ekomwerenren.

He called on the new service chiefs to intervene.

“We call on the newly appointed service chiefs to take heed of our alarm by taking immediate and unconditional steps to place the camp and the brains behind the sordid-arrangement under closed-circuit surveillance; as our people will naturally take to self help should the camp become a security threat to humans and businesses.” 

- CAJ News

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