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.
Governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa state has urged various tribes affected in previous crisis, returning homes ahead of the general elections to live peacefully among themselves.
Governor Al-makura made the call at the facilitation movement of Internally Displaced Persons, urging those going back to their homes in Obi Local Government Area to co-exist without resorting to violence.
The resettlement of the people of Daddare, Tudun Adabu and Obi is part of the governor’s tour of the state to address social issues ahead of the elections.
Governor Al-makura and his All Progressives Campaign campaign team arrived Obi and Daddare towns to commence the resettlement exercise that will facilitate the return of its inhabitants.
The governor, who also presented staff of office to the traditional ruler of the towns, urged the various tribes to co-exist peacefully upon their return, as government has procured relief items to help rebuild their homes and allow for an improved standard of living.
Mr Al-makura listed projects executed by his administration in the area, asking them to give him another chance to do more for the people.
During the rally, people in Awe local government assured the governor that he would get their total support and turn out in the forth coming elections.
The postponement of the elections by six weeks would allow political parties to put finishing touches to their preparation for the election, allowing them to do more campaign and reach out to the rural areas to canvass for votes from the people.
“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.