Nasarawa: IDPs Appeal To FG To Urgently Deploy Security To Border Communities

12 January 2018 National News News

Internally Displaced Persons taking refuge in various camps in Awe and Keana Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State have appealed to the federal government to urgently deploy additional security to border communities to prevent further loss of lives and property.

They made the call when a former minister of Information Mr. Labaran Maku visited the camps to donate relief materials to the IDPs.

Awe local government area of Nasarawa State has the largest number of internally displaced persons who fled from the border communities of Nasarawa and Benue states following attacks by suspected herdsmen on some communities in Benue state.

The internally displaced persons are taking refuge in about seven camps with majority of them camping at the dilapidated former secretariat of Awe local government council.

The IDPs who are mostly women and children were seen lying on the floor while others were cooking on the open field.

Spokesperson for the IDPs Mr. Joseph Kureve said they have been living in constant fear of attack since they fled their homes.

Mr Kureye who appreciated the gesture of well meaning Nigerians who have been providing relief materials said what they need most is security

He explained that since the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State and the minister of Interior visited the camp they promised to deploy security personnel in the  area but up till now nothing has been done.

Mr Kureve who is from a border community in Nasarawa State expressed willingness to go back home to start life afresh.

Presenting the relief materials to the IDPs former minister of Information Mr. Labaran Maku expressed concern over their condition and called for urgent action to protect lives and property of the people.

At time of filing this report, there was no security personnel in the areas, especially around the IDP camps.

Items donated by the former minister include forty bags of rice, forty five bags of gari and cash.

Correspondent Chris Nyamtu reports that the IDPs were camped in a dilapidated building and open grounds.

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