Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from communal crisis in Nasarawa State in 2014 have been returning to their lost homes since the February resettlement exercise by the state government amidst many challenges.
Among the challenges some of the returnee IDPs have been faced with are insecurity and lack of basic needs like accommodation, educational and health facilities.
Public institutions like schools, police stations, hospitals and palaces were destroyed during the crisis.
In Ugah and Assakio communities, where Channels Television visited, residents pointed to the fact that there was no functional Police station, raising concerns about impending threat to civil peace as they go about rebuilding their homes.
The IDPs in Ugah and Tudun Adabu also complained of lack of Police presence since their return four months ago.
However, the Police have reacted by saying that they would keep patrolling the areas until peace returns before restoring Police posts in the areas.
Governor Al-makura, at the weekend, deployed a mobile clinic in addition to relief materials already sent to some of the communities, emphasizing the importance of the medical intervention in the resettlement exercise.
Meanwhile, IDPs in Tudun Adabu complained about the diversion of funds by some individuals to sabotage the State Governor’s effort.
It was acknowledged that the government’s motive in distributing relief materials might be genuine and there were calls for it to ensure that the relief materials reach those in dire need of them – Internally Displaced Persons.
“Insurgents operating among the warring tribes of Nasarawa state get mobilisation fee of N3,000 naira to rain terror across communities in the state.”
Commanding officer of the 177 guards brigade, Keffi, Colonel Musa Ibrahim, revealed the intelligence report when he led the governor of Nasarawa state and other security agencies through 13 communities affected in the on-going killings in the state.
In recent times, rural communities of Adogi, Ashangwa, Gidan Gambo and Assakio, all along the lafia shendam road have been attacked by militia forces.
During an impact assessment by Governor Al-makura, Colonel Ibrahim while filling in the governor on the strategies adopted by the insurgents, also noted that looting, killing and rape had also been employed by the assailants in their destruction and vendetta.
Governor Al-makura who arrived Assakio through several villages that had been burnt to the ground in company of security agents.
The impact assessment tour saw the governor and his team move through rural path used by the insurgents to cross from Assakio to Obi where communities like Sabo Gida, Lega-Obi, Tudun Adabu and Daddere were also troubled.
Mister Al-makura proffered the solution of rationalized security structure to protect affected communities.
One of the concerns raised was the near security absence in some of the communities which the governor admitted, that there was inadequate personnel to provide security services round the clock.
The Nasarawa State Government has made good its promise to rebuild the Assakio community.
The Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has donated building materials worth 45 million Naira for the project.
While making the donation, Governor Al-Makura promised adequate security for Assakio town to prevent a recurrence of the violent attack by suspected members of the Ombatse group.
“I want to assure you on my own honour that this administration will never, I repeat, never allow the people of Assakio to be exposed to any danger,” Governor Al-Makura promised.
The Governor delivered 5 trailers of cement which is equivalent to 3,000 bags, 500 bundles of iron sheet, and 2,000 bags of zinc nails to the community. He promised that the items would be distributed according to households, and government would look critically at the way and manner the materials would be distributed.
Residents of Assakio community in Nasarawa state have sought shelter in other communities in the wake of the violence allegedly perpetrated by members of the Ombatse militia group.
The state has experienced several cases of violent attacks in recent times, which has led to the loss of many lives and properties.
The Commissioner of police, Nasarawa state command, Mr Umar Shehu has debunked claims that 50 NYSC members serving in Nasarawa state lost their lives as a result of the ethnic clashes in the state.
Although the ethnic violence between the outlawed Ombatse militia of Eggon and the Alago people of Obi local government spreads from Aduba through Obi to Assakio, he assured that youth corps members serving in these areas are under security protection.
Mr Shehu disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the efforts made by security operatives to contain the crisis.
The fresh crisis erupted following the killing of an Eggon man by the Alago group, which led to reprisal attacks yesterday.
The violence between the two ethnic groups began 24 hours ago, with hundreds of houses set ablaze which the police said did not claim any lives.
Mr Umar said that security personnel have contained the crisis in Aduba and Obi local government and 8 additional units of mobile police officers from Benue and Plateau states, are expected in the state before nightfall.
The commissioner also disclosed that detachments of military officers have been drafted in to contain the spate of violence.
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Damichi Luka condemned what he described as “unwarranted attack on innocent people” across the state and urged the groups to cease hostilities in the interest of peace.