The Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has confirmed that a total of 38, 051 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were taking refuge in 31 camps in the state following recent violence.
SEMA Director of Search and Rescue, Mrs Julie Bala, in an with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Mangu said that 11 camps have been set up for the 16, 885 IDPs in Barkin Ladi local government.
Bala stated that the IDPs were victims of the June 23 and 24 violence involving suspected herdsmen and villagers in Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Mangu, Bokkos and Jos South Local Government Areas.
She said, “In Jos South local government we have a total of 9, 661 IDPs in Geo-Science Camps A and B, while in Riyom and Bokkos LGAs, we have 2, 772 persons in four camps and 2, 086 persons in six camps respectively.
‘’6,653 persons are taking refuge in eight different camps including host communities in Mangu local government, each of the five local governments has a “host community’’ camp.
“When we say the host communities, we are talking about those relations hosting some of the affected victims in their respective houses,’’ she explained.
On the exact number of men, women and children in the various camps, the official said that the agency had not completed the profiling of the IDPs.