By Iro Dan Fulani
Attacks on Adamawa State has so far left 102,560 internally displaced persons, IDPs, across the 21 local government areas of the state, according to official records.
Executive secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Haruna Hamman Furo, disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists in his office at the state secretariat complex Yola on Thursday.
Furo said the IDPs includes those that were displaced within the state due to the insurgency while the others are those that flee other conflict zones in Northern Nigeria.
He noted that villages that had gone into extinction following incessant attacks are currently being restored by displace people citing example with Najore in Fufoure local government area.
“In Fufoure Local Government, there was a village called Najore which has gone extinct but is now fully rejuvenated. These settlers came from Zamfara and settled there while we have others in Girei,” he said.
Furo, however, admitted that the major challenge being faced by his agency was the daily influx of IDPs across the various centers in the state which has led to the overstretching of facilities.
“Since the insurgency escalated, we have been receiving an influx of IDPs almost on daily basis which led to the overstretching of existing facilities such as toilets, water, and other essentials,” he said.
He said in other to enhance security in the state, the agency was working with the police, the State Security Service, SSS, and the Nigerian Immigration Service to register the IDPs and thanked the state government and other international organizations like the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, the Red Cross and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, for assisting to alleviate the sufferings of displaced persons by making life more meaningful for them.