The victims say there were cases of theft in the victim’s refugee camp.
Victims of the flood disaster at Wuro-Dulo Village in Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State have returned to their homes.
This followed the theft of more than 20 of their livestock at the victims’ refugee camp.
The Community Leader, Jauro Adamu, said this at Wuro-Dulo village on Wednesday.
Mr. Adamu said that they were forced to return to their original abode due to growing rate of theft of their livestock and the worsening living condition.
“We were facing a lot of problems in the camp situated along the Gombe-Bauchi road.
“Thieves always come with vehicles and steal our livestock in the night.
“We have lost over 20 animals to the cattle rustlers and we have not recovered any,” he said.
Mr. Adamu said they also experience water problem and health challenges.
“We decided return to where members of our families and our animals could be secured, regardless of the condition.
“Also, the place is not conducive for us; more than three families are sharing one room,” he said.
On the losses encountered, the community leader said that foodstuff, a cow and over 50 sheep and goats were lost to the flood, besides the ones that were later stolen.
The leader said that some of the victims had rented houses at Lawanti, a nearby village, while those who could not afford to do so, had to return to their houses.
He called on the government to either resettle them in a different place as their houses had been destroyed, to avoid a similar problem during the rainy season.
Mr. Adamu acknowledged the assistance they received from the state government, the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Gombe and some organisations when the disaster occurred.
Also speaking, the member representing Akko North constituency in the State House of Assembly, Gidado Alhaji-Lawanti, CPC, said the state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, had promised to assist the victims to resettle.
He said the governor had directed that an alternative place be sought for the resettlement of the victims. He further said that the place had been found while efforts were being made to assist them to resettle.
Mr. Lawanti described the theft of the livestock as unfortunate and wondered why some individuals would aggravate their plight instead of sympathising with them.
The lawmaker urged the people to consider their plight as an act of God and to be obedient to the authorities as government plans to resettle them.
Some of the returnees are already repairing their damaged houses.
The villagers, numbering over 100, were rendered homeless on September 16, last year, by the flood.
A team from the Federal Ministry of Health on January 4 visited the camp on an assessment of the effects of the flood disaster. The team advised the Gombe State Government to resettle the 115 internally displaced persons in the camp to a suitable location.
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