Leadership Nigeria Newspapers NEWSAttacks: Over 12 Displaced in NasarawaPublished 2 hours ago on January 4, 2018 By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia. Over twelve thousand persons have been displaced in Nasarawa State as a result of the recent suspected herdsmen attacks in some border communities between Benue and Nasarawa State. This was made known during an assessment visit to the internally displaced persons camp in Awe local government area by the deputy governor of Nasarawa State, Silas Ali Agara. The deputy governor who led some top government functionaries and heads of security agencies to assess the situation on behalf of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, expressed serious concern over the recent tension in some border communities. The deputy governor, maintained that as a responsible government whose major mandate is the security of lives and properties of its citizenry, adequate measures have been put in place to provide immediate relief to the affected persons and restore normalcy to the affected communities.
He disclosed that government is to provide temporary shelter for the internally displaced persons in different camps within Awe township with adequate security.
He also assured of government efforts to interface with the Benue state government officials to resolve the security breach. The deputy governor also advised the Tiv community to avoid any form of reprisal attack, assuring that government is on top of the situation and will soon fish out the perpetrators of the crisis. On his part, Nasarawa State commissioner of Police, Bello Ahmed, assured of adequate security measures by the combined team of security forces in the state.
According to him, security forces including the army have already been mobilized to the affected communities and other trouble spots to restore normalcy. Also speaking, the IMC chairman of Awe Local Government Council, Alh. Hudu Tafida, who conducted the deputy governor round the four IDP camps in Awe town, explained that about six communities including Jangargari, Jangaru, Kamba, Agudu, Kosono and Tunga were affected and the people are currently being camped at old Secretariat, Awe central market and Angwan Mada for temporary shelter.
Some of the IDPs who shared their sad experiences, called for urgent government intervention to enable them return their homes.