Plateau killings -1,8O1 killed, 50,212 displaced in recent attacks

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By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

About 1,801 persons have been confirmed killed and 50,212 others displaced in recent attacks in Plateau state.

It could be recalled that Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong had recently set up a committee to work out modalities for the return of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their original homes.

Lalong also warned that the state government would not tolerate indiscriminate occupation of lands by any group in the guise of land grabbing.

The Committee on Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), set up by the state Government, made the confirmation on Monday in Jos.

AVM Bala Danbaba (retired), Chairman of the committee, presented his report to Gov. Simon Lalong on Monday in Jos.

Danbaba said that the committee identified 115 communities cutting across Jos North, Jos South, Bassa, Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Bokkos Local Government Areas, that were affected by the crises.

He said that the committee, whose one month period was later increased to two months, received 55 memoranda and visited 27 camps where the IDPs stayed .

He also said that “The committee also visited all the affected communities for an on-the-spot assessment,”

He also said the committee had recommended that the IDPs be returned to their ancestral homes, saying that the exercise should be carried out in four phases.

“The committee also emphasised the provision of adequate security in the affected areas,” he said, adding that the IDPs were willing and anxious to return to their homes, if security was guaranteed.

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