The Nigeria Red Cross Society has said thousands of residents of Yewa axis of Ogun State now sleep in Benin Republic to avoid being killed by herdsmen terrorising the area.
The Red Cross said the people relocated to the neighbouring country following attacks by suspected herdsmen.
The Ogun State executive branch secretary of the Red Cross, Oluwole Aboyade, said this on Wednesday.
Aboyade said he and his team visited the troubled areas – Igbooro, Asa, Moro, Ibeku and Agbon-Ojodu, lamenting that the people of Yewa were “living in unfavourable condition”.
According to him, many had deserted their homes to seek refuge in Benin.
He said, “What I saw there alongside my team, I will term it a very serious disaster.
“The people have deserted their homes and they now sleep in Benin Republic. You can imagine people leaving Nigeria to seek protection in another country. The situation is more than pathetic.”
Meanwhile, the Red Cross said it would seek assistance from Nigerians to help in bringing succour to the residents of the affected Yewa communities.
In some communities in the three local government areas, it may be difficult to distinguish between the houses in Benin Republic and the ones in Nigeria due to lack of proper boundary demarcation.