“We will not go back, we are begging the governor Umaru Tanko Almakura to assist transfer our voters register to Nasarawa”.
The over 2,324 persons displaced as a result of the communal crisis that claimed scores of lives in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State have relocated to Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
The Internally Displaced Persons, IDP’s, vowed not to return to Wukari again.
The victims, presently taking refuge at the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Isah Agwai, said that they will remain in Lafia and never go back to Wukari.
Speaking on behalf of the victims, the Wazirin Wukari, Mohammed Madaki, said that they have found a new home and would work to leave happily and in peace with their new neighbours.
The displaced persons urged the state government to make provisions for the replacement of their voter cards to reflect Nasarawa State.
“We will not go back,” he said. “We are begging the (Nasarawa) governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, to assist transfer our voters register back to Nasarawa”.
Mr. Madaki, who spoke during the presentation of food items to the IDP’s by the Nasarawa State government, told journalists that 2324 persons are presently taking refuge in Lafia.
“We are currently taking statistics village by village because we also have people from the neighbouring Ibi Local Government Area”.
He said two women gave birth in camp while one got paralyzed.
Earlier, the Secretary to the Nasarawa State government, Zainab Abdulmumini, on behalf of the state government donated N 2 million and two trucks of food items to the IDP’s.
Among the items donated were 100 bags of rice, 22 bags of millet, 22 bags of maize, 22 bags of sugar and 22 bags of beans.
Ms. Abdulmumini urged the victims to take solace in God and assured them of the necessary assistance to make their stay in the state comfortable.
She asked them to not seek revenge but pray that peace returns to Wukari and the entire nation.
Ms. Abdulmumini said a temporary camp has been provided for them in Shabu area before the permanent camp is renovated in Shinge, all in Lafia.