Where Did 38,000 IDPs In Gombe Come From?
The security situation in Gombe State is not like the one in Zamfara, Adamawa and some other states in the northeast, but it is bearing the burden of the tension in some of these states.
At least 38,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are in Gombe State as a result of different clashes in the neighbouring States.
The Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said it has recorded influx of 38,000 IDPs in 2018.
It said the influx was as a result of various clashes in neighbouring states.
The SEMA’s Rescue and Rehabilitation officer, Mr Mohammed Garba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe, on Friday that the first group of the IDPs came from Lafiyan Lamurde, in Guyuk LGA of Adamawa, as a result of communal clashes between the indigenous Lunguda people, and Waje speaking people, who have been settlers in the area for decades.
He said, as a result of the clash, the Waja speaking people traced their route back to Gombe State, and returned home.
Mr Garba explained further that the second group of the IDPs came from Numan LGA, also in Adamawa state as a result of Farmers/Herders clash and that they were also accommodated in Balanga LGA of Gombe.
According to him, the third group was also accommodated in Ashaka/Jalingo gari of Funakaye LGA of Gombe.
He said the third group who were in Funakaye flew from Zamfara state to Gombe, as a result of banditry.
Garba said that food intervention and clothing were provided to the IDPs from Adamawa by SEMA in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The Rescue officer said within the year under review, eight persons also died as a result of flooding across the states and many people were rendered homeless.
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