No fewer than 18,000 people have been rendered homeless even as humanitarian crisis looms in Taraba following renewed herdsmen attacks on farmers in Gassol, Ardo Kola and Lau Local Government Areas of the State.
In Gassol, Rev. Fr. Julius Ioryue of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Sabongida told journalists on Wednesday in Jalingo that he was currently playing host to over 5000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
According to him, close to 5000 others are camping in St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish and NKST church in Dananacha.
He said the major challenges facing the IDPs were food, shelter and water, urging the federal and state governments as well as public individuals to come to the aid of the people who now barely feed themselves and their children.
The cleric however, commended Governor Darius Ishaku for the relief materials he sent to the IDPs when the crisis broke out in December and appealed to the Governor to still come to the aid of the people.
Rev. Fr. Ioryue also appealed to the Governor to provide adequate security to enable the people return to their homes especially as the planting season draws near.
In Lau, an eyewitness, Mr. Machoko Daniel told our correspondent on phone that no fewer than 8000 people were displaced following attacks by suspected herdsmen.
He informed that about 1,800 people are now in camps in Lankaviri and Mile Six area of Jalingo, the State capital, others have moved to Lau town, Kunini and other Communities in neighbouring Jalingo and Yorro Local Government Areas.
According to him, the displaced persons are now facing serious humanitarian crisis in the camps and other areas where they are taking refuge.
Our correspondent reports that the crisis which started on Monday has claimed over 10 lives while the villages of Panyata, Lushi, Leinde Jessi and Bomanda in Lau Local Government have been completely destroyed.