The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Adamawa and Taraba States curre tly taking refuge in Plateau State are no fewer than 35, 000, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.
This information was contained in a statement in Jos on Monday by the North Central Zonal Information Officer of the agency, Mr. Audu Yohanna.
According to Mr. Yohanna, the refugees in the state also included those displaced in Yobe and Borno states as a result of the present insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.
The statement reads in parts, “A comprehensive assessment by the National Emergency Management Agency indicates that the IDPs are camping in different locations across five local government areas of Plateau State.
“In Wase, Kanam, Shendam and Mikan local Government Areas, 11,000 internally Displaced Persons from Taraba State are camping in different locations across the four local government areas.
“From Adamawa State, 24,000 Internally Displaced Persons are presently camping in different locations across Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of the state”.
The information officer added that NEMA had concluded the needs assessment of the IDPs and has sent its report to the Director General of the agency for immediate release of relief materials to ameliorate the situation of the IDPs.
“The IDPs, who mostly are women and children, fled the troubled states as a result of the recent activities in the two states”, the statement added.