ABUJA: ABOUT 70 people have died from various disease outbreaks in the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp situated in Bali Local Government Area in Taraba State.
According to local reports, 50 were of the victims were children.
Spokesperson of the camp, Emmanuel Kegh, confirmed the deaths on Tuesday.
“Our people have continued to die because the state government has deliberately refused to come to our aid. Living in the camp is very painful to us,” he said.
One of the elders in the camp, Samson Augustine, felt sad that the state government was doing nothing to put an end to the attacks.
“In spite of the several attempts by the Tiv leaders to seek a round table dialogue, some few persons, have continue to frustrate the efforts,” said Augustine.
He added, “The Fulanis have taken over our houses and our farmlands. Their cows are now grazing on our farm products and yet the government is doing nothing to force them out of our lands and houses. We have loss faith on the state government.”
He stressed the need for the federal government to as a matter of urgency intervenes by drafting security personnel that are not bias to the area.
The traditional head of the Tiv community, David Gbaar, said the situation had compelled no fewer than 126 000 Tiv people to relocate from the council.
He debunked the recent comment made by the State Acting Governor Alhaji Garba Umar that peace had finally been restored to the area.
When contacted for comment, the council chairman, Andy Yerima, agreed that recent outbreak of disease in the camp claimed lives but stated that his personal efforts to procure drugs for the people, went a long way to save a lot of lives.
The refugee camp has been established following communal clashes.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY