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Nasarawa IDPs beg governor to redeem N5 million pledge

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The internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kadarko and Agyaragu camps of Nasarawa State have pleaded with Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to redeem the N7 million he donated for their welfare.

Making the plea in Lafia, a community leader and spokesperson for the victims of the herdsmen’s attacks, Victor Gwer, said the IDPs were undergoing untold hardship since being chased away from their homes.

His words: “We thank Governor Al-Makura for giving us some relief materials last week. We want him to redeem the promise he made to us that he will give us N5 million the following day which is Saturday. Up till now, we have not seen that money and we are facing real hardship.

“The items donated by the governor have been shared and it will surprise you what each person got at the end of the day. Some people were only given two or three packs of indomie because we are so many.

“Our people are really suffering even as the governor noted when he visited us here and we cannot return home now because the killer herdsmen have occupied our houses and villages. Our farm produce are now cow feeds.”

Others who spoke on condition of anonymity urged the governor to immediately redeem the pledge he made to the IDPs through the right channel to allow for transparency.

Meanwhile, some inmates of Kadarko camp have expressed dissatisfaction over the alleged participation of foreign persons in their relief materials.

Pleading anonymity, they claimed that people not affected by the crisis got a share of the succour.

But the president of the Tiv Development Association Boniface Ife, has, however, assured the refugees that the fund when released will be prudently managed.

Thanking the governor for the gesture, vouch for transparency and justice in the distribution of whatever is due to them.


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