Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 July 2012

Nigeria: Evacuation Order - PLSG Sets Up Camps for Affected Communities

The Plateau State Government on Monday said it has set up camps to accommodate and provide immediate relief to residents being displaced by the military order to vacate some communities.

The Military Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday directed inhabitants of five crises-torn villages in the state to vacate the settlements to pave way for a "military operation".

Maj Gen Henry Ayoola, who gave the order in Jos, said that the villages - Mahanga, Kakuruk, Kuzen, Maseh and Shong 2, were in Barkin and Riyom Local governments.

The order has been criticised by some members of the public, who have accused the STF of not providing alternative base for those to be affected.

The state Commissioner for Information, Abraham Yiljap, however in a statement in Jos said that Gov. Jonah Jang had set up a special committee that was already catering for persons displaced by the order.

"Already, the committee is working with authorities of the two local governments and has designated areas to receive and provide relief to the displaced persons.

"In Riyom, camps identified are the Ra-Hos Primary School Community Hall and the old Local Government secretariat.

"In Barkin-Ladi, camps identified are Kura Falls and COCIN Gangare in Barkin-Ladi town," Yiljap explained.

The commissioner said that government had begun relief interventions in the affected areas, and advised persons yet to be attended to, to reach out to the local government authorities of their respective areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the military order followed incessant attacks on the settlements by gunmen that had killed scores of persons, including Sen. Gyang Dantong and the Majority Leader of the Plateau House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani.

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