To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the findings of the British High Commission's recent visit to Benue State in Nigeria; and what steps they are taking in response.
2 December 2021
Officials from the British High Commission in Abuja regularly visit areas affected by intercommunal violence. Most recently, the Governance and Stability team visited Benue State between 22-24 November. During their visit, they spoke about the ongoing security situation with the state governor Samuel Ortom, local faith leaders, and Non Governmental Organisations active in peacebuilding and reconciliation. The High Commission is currently assessing bids to carry out a project on interfaith peacebuilding, alongside considering other potential opportunities to work in Benue State.
We continue to make clear to the Nigerian authorities, at the highest levels, the importance of protecting civilians, including all ethnic and religious groups, and protecting human rights for all.