No fewer than 2,804 persons are currently taking refuge in churches and schools following the communal crisis that hit the southern zone of Plateau State.
The Management Committee Chairman of Qua’an Pan Local Government, Theophilus Dakas, stated this in Ba’ap on Monday when members of the State Emergency Management Agency visited the area to donate relief materials to victims of the clash.
Represented by his Secretary, Mr. Ignatius Miaphen, the committee chairman noted that many of the displaced persons were taking refuge in churches and in schools.
Dakas, who said the number of the displaced persons was overwhelming, urged the state and federal authorities to support the council in caring for the victims.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Alhassan Barde, who supervised the distribution exercise, decried the communal crisis in the zone.
He said the state government was taking steps to ameliorate the plight of the displaced persons.
Barde said, “The governor is aware of the crisis and the plight of the victims, and that is why he has always taken significant steps to organise an effective and timely response to the needs of the Internally Displaced Persons.”
Among the items donated to the victims were building materials and food items.
Gunmen have held six local governments in the zone hostage.