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Agencies to assist victims of Plateau attack

15 October 2014, 20:28

Plateau - A joint team of Federal and State emergency management agencies on Wednesday promised assistance to victims of unknown attack in some Bokkos communities of Plateau on September 14.

The communities visited by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assess plight of victims of the crises included Mbar and Gong.

Monday Kassam, Chariman, Bokkos Local Government Council, who received the team, said the initiative by the two government agencies to alleviate the plight of the victims was commendable.

Kassam said that the attacks by some unknown gunmen had become an ordeal which the people had been subjected to for a long time.

According to him, since the attack on September 14, the people of Mbar and Gong communities have been going through a lot of deprivations owing to loss of their means of livelihood.

"As a council, we have been doing all that we can to alleviate their plight through the provision of few of their basic needs.  

"The present attack which took place on September 14 is one too many and has left the areas deserted since then,’’ he said.

Also read: Seven killed in Plateau attacks

He said that six persons lost their lives in the attack in which seven houses, four cars and some motorcycles were burnt.

According to the chairman, no fewer than 1 400 persons displaced in the attack have recently left the Internally Displaced Persons Camps to their various homes as peace is gradually returning to the area.

He said that the new challenge on the part of the returnee victims now was how to start afresh as they had lost a lot after they were displaced in the attack.

The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Alhassan Barde, represented by Juni Dabin, Director of Research and Rescue, however, told the chairman that the joint visit by the agencies was to enable them assess the situation thoroughly.

"We are here to find out the level of damage and generate reports for government so as to help the people of Mbar and Gong," he said.

Edward Dikos, the Supervising Councillor for Works and representative of the affected areas, appealed to the two government agencies to quickly come to their rescue as they were peace loving people.

`- NAN


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