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2 000 refugees return to ancestral homes

22 January 2013, 07:32

Kokona - Nasarawa state governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, on Monday returned more than 2 000 displaced persons to Bassa District, their ancestral home.

They were displaced during the Eggon-Fulani communal clash that recently engulfed part of the Nasarawa state leading to loss of lives and destruction of property worth millions of naira.

Al-Makura assured the refugees of adequate security already put in place at their ancestral homes as more than 100 soldiers were deployed to condone off their settlements.

Al-Makura’s attempt to convince the refugees to return back to their ancestral homes was met with resistance as the refugees were scared of a possible attack on them by the militias who they envisaged might be waiting for their returns.

But Al-Makura explained to them that their continuous stay in refugee camp would rather convert them to beggars which would not augur well for their children’s future.

"Soldier are detailed to condone off your areas for a period of not less than one month depending on the security outcome of the areas."

He advised the returnees to be security conscious by reporting to the soldiers any strange movement of persons within their vicinity as they go back to their ancestral home.

In his remarks, member representing Kokona constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Danladi Jatau, lauded the governor’s proactive moves at mitigating the crisis.

He appealed to the warring communities to embrace peace.



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