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Agency receives thousands displaced by Taraba clashes

08 July 2014, 19:22

Taraba - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said its office in Gombe had registered 16 000 victims displaced by the ongoing insecurity in the Taraba State.

According to a statement obtained by this publication from the agency, most of the displaced were women, children and other vulnerable people.

“So far, NEMA in collaboration with officials from State Emergency Management Agency and Red Cross has registered over 16 000 IDPs (internally-displaced people). We are still recording more spread in various camps located at Muslim Council Secretariat Jalingo, Housing Estate Mutum-Biyu, Council Secretariat and Catholic Church Bali, Central Primary School Ibi, Wukari, and Gashaka among others as camp Management and Coordination is still on-going,” the statement read.

The agency said 21 communities in four Local Government areas of the state were affected in the ethno-religious and communal conflict crisis forcing many people to flee their homes and seek for refuge in the neighboring local government areas of the state and others in Benue, Nassarawa and Plateau States.

The agency said relief material worth millions approved by the federal government meant for the displaced persons had been dispatched.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the agency, Muhammad Sani Sidi, directed the Head of Operations of the Gombe office to deploy more items to the affected persons.

“This is to cushion the effect of the heavy losses suffered comprising of food and non-food items,” read a statement.

 Sani also tasked the team to properly manage the existing camps in all locations in order to avoid outbreak of epidemics.

– CAJ News

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