Plateau IDPs accuse govt of neglect

Written by on April 16, 2018

Victims of the recent attacks on rural communities in Daffo District of Bokkos Local Government in Plateau have accused the state government of neglecting those displaced.

Their spokesman, Emmanuel Macham, in a statement on Sunday in Jos, accused government of abandoning the victims to their fate and “ignoring complaints that some are starving to death. He said that 10,000 persons had been displaced by the violence that claimed several lives, adding that many others were still missing.

According to him, the Internally Displaced Persons, who were first camped in COCIN Church, Bokkos, before being relocating to COCIN Church, Daffo, have been “thrown into the streets’’ after the camp was closed down on Friday.

He alleged that no government official visited the IDPs camp before it was closed, adding that no assistance was received from the National Emergency Management Agency or the Plateau State Emergency Agency.

Macham called on the Plateau State Government to build tents to assist the IDPs “instead of leaving them to wander around without shelter, food or water’’.

The spokesman, however, thanked Senator Jerry Useni, for donating N300,000 and 50 bags each, of maize and rice, to the IDPs. According to him, Useni also set up a committee to verify the damage with a view to assisting the victims to enable them to return to normal lives.

Meanwhile the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, however, denied the allegation that government had abandoned the IDPs to their plight.

Rather, he said, Governor Simon Lalong had mobilized security agencies to restore peace and assist the IDPs to return to their homes, adding that a minute’s silence was observed at the last State Executive Council meeting, in honor of those who lost their lives in the Bokkos crisis.

On the closure of the IDPs camp, Dati explained that the goal was to encourage the people to return to their homes, saying that more security personnel were being mobilized to protect the villages against further attacks.


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