By: Valentine Adese, Alfred Saiki and Reuben Egbah,
The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Plateau State, seem to be increasing by the day, as people indigenous to villages under attack by herdsmen have continued to flee to safe areas in Bokkos Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, after the Daffo attack.
Information reaching REALITY News desk suggests that the IDPs are currently being housed by relatives and friends, while Churches in Bokkos main town, such as, ECWA, COCIN, CAC are now being used as IDP Camps.
You would recall that the Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, was quoted by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. Yakubu Dati, that, the Governor has vowed that he will not rest until every life is secured.
To practically display his promise on safety, the Governor and his administration had given marching orders to the security agents operating in the state, to immediately arrest and prosecute the criminals that perpetrated the killings of a number of persons in Bassa and Bokkos LGAs of the state.
According to a press release signed by Mr. Yakubu Dati, “The Governor said the state will not condone the activities of hoodlums, who take advantage of conflicts among citizens to perpetrate killings and destruction of property in the name of ethnic crisis.
“Governor Lalong believes that our differences are better resolved by sitting together to address our differences rather than taking arms against one another.
“He warned that the state will not fold its arms and watch the enemies of Plateau take us back to the dark old days when citizens distrust one another, adding that we must emphasize on the great values that unite us as a people.
“While condoling with the families that lost their loved ones in the attacks, the Governor assured that urgent steps are being taken in collaboration with the security agents to get to the roots of the problem, and to avoid the repeat of the ugly incident.
However, there are also strong fears expressed by the indigenous people that the relief materials sent yesterday by the State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, might enter the wrong hands, as most of them are now in Bokkos main town.
Speaking to REALITY in a telephone interview, Hon. Rev. Adams Mamot, an aspirant in the now postponed Local Government Council (LGC) elections said, “The numbers of the IDPs in Bokkos main town and in Churches is now hitting over 12 Thousand people. The people of Daffo are leaving their villages owing to fears and the attacks by Herdsmen in droves with J5 buses since yesterday.”
“We are also aware that the Governor has sent some relief materials through the Commander of the Special Task Force operating in the state and the Member representing Bokkos LGA in the Plateau State House of Assembly.
“Our fear is that, the relief materials may enter the wrong hands, as our people have fled their villages, leaving the Fulanis and the Hausas.
“We are informed by our people that the Governor for the record has sent gallons of palm oil, gallons of groundnut oil, bags of maize, cartons of sugar and cartons of seasoning”.