Mangu - The Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Thursday visited affected communities of the Mangu Local Government crisis and pledged immediate provision of relief materials to victims.
Alhassan Barde, SEMA Executive Secretary, made the pledged in Sarbot and Dumule villages while addressing some of the victims, who had returned to their burnt and destroyed homes.
The media reported that the crisis engulfed the once peaceful Mangu Local Government Area towards the end of 2014 and left seven persons dead, one missing and several others wounded.
Barde, while addressing the affected Mwaghavul and Fulani people, described the crisis as “uncalled for and very unfortunate.”
He said Gov. Jonah Jang was so concerned and worried over the sad incident.
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The executive secretary said that “we are to assess the level of damage and see how as an agency we can render some assistance to you.”
“By the time we get the report of our assessment to the governor, I am assuring you that we shall return immediately with the desired relief materials to you people,” he said.
Earlier, the council Chairman, Caleb Mutfwang, had told SEMA that the incident was not a communal clash but a “criminal” act perpetrated by some unpatriotic people who decided to take the law into their hands.
Mutfwang said that the council, traditional rulers, especially leaders of Mwaghavul tribe and Fulani herdsmen, had held series of meetings and resolved to live in peace with one another.
He said that all the internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) had been asked to return to their homes since peace had been restored.
The paramount ruler of Mangu District, Da John Hirse, had urged SEMA officials, who paid him a courtesy cal, to take prompt action at assisting the victims.
Hirse said that by God’s willing, the crisis would be the last because visitors would henceforth be screened to prevent a re-occurrence.