As attacks by the radical Islamic insurgency Boko-Haram and its affiliates, such as violent groups of ethnic Fulani Herdsmen, continue to mount death and destruction upon the now-staggering north Nigerian state, the nation’s emergency management agency (NEMA) founded 11 new camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Fleeing both as victims of destruction and land seizures and as innocents fearing for their lives, the nation’s vulnerable continue mass exoduses from the nation’s destabilized north. Many of them Christians, IDPs have and continue to plead with the state for expanded services and protections to save themselves, their families, and friends from the wrath of Islamic extremism that continues to plague Nigeria.
04/03/2014 Nigeria (AllAfrica) – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Thursday, said it had established 11 camps for the 100,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from eight crisis-ridden local governments in Benue.
Mr Mohammed Abdulsalam, the NEMA Coordinator for North-Central, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.
He said “each camp has a minimum of 8,500 IDPs.
“The camps are just too populated and we are thinking of establishing more because more people are trooping into Makurdi from even the areas that have not been attacked.
“People trek tens of kilometres in rural areas with children and loads on their heads to nowhere in particularly because of the fear of the unknown.
“The people said that the attackers pounce on them without any notice, so, it is better for them to relocate to Makurdi.”