Don’t leave us homeless, Jos chopper crash victims cry

The police is silent on whether the victims will be compensated or not.

Six months after a police helicopter crashed into the homes of some residents, the victims say they have not been compensated for their loss.

A police surveillance helicopter had on March 14 crashed into four houses in Jos, Plateau State. Senior police officers inside the chopper, including the former Abuja Police Commissioner, John Haruna, died from the crash.

One of the victims of the helicopter crash, Waziri Mali, said on Wednesday, in Jos, that the situation has rendered his family homeless and without any property.

“As you can see, my house was destroyed by the aircraft. In fact everything that I had was in that structure that is lying there in ruins. I and my family have been squatting with neighbours,” Mr. Mali said.

Mr. Mali said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) assisted his family after the incident by providing cement, zinc, and nails for the reconstruction of their house.

“But there are so many other things that we need like blocks, wood and other materials,’’ he said.

The Jos resident said no member of his family died or got injured from the crash. He said his daughter narrowly escaped the crash as she “saw an old woman who needed help and went out to help the woman when the incident occurred.”

Mr. Mali appealed to the police authorities to emulate the emergency agency by assisting the victims with more materials and money to rebuild their houses.

Another victim of the crash, David Sunday, whose house was also destroyed, said that he and his family had been staying in an uncompleted building in the neighbourhood.

“I have been staying in an uncompleted building with wife and three children. We don’t have money to rent a house since ours was destroyed,” he said.

Mr. Sunday said that he and other victims need money to engage the services of masons and carpenters to rebuild their houses after NEMA had assisted them with some materials.

Police spokesman, Frank Mbah, could not be reached to comment on whether the police have plans to compensate the victims. Mr. Mbah did not pick his calls nor respond to text messages sent to him.

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