The Federal Government has started the deployment of food and non-food relief materials to Plateau State victims of Christmas eve attack.
According to reports, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, is already in the state to coordinate humanitarian responses.
Since the attack, the minister had visited affected communities for an on-the-spot assessment in the affected areas, with her counterpart from the ministry of defence as well as service chiefs.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair, in a statement issued on Wednesday, noted that Edu also visited churches and some Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps where she addressed worshippers and victims seeking refuge.
In her speech, she assured them of President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to bringing lasting solutions, in terms of responses to security and resettlement of people resident in the state.
She said: “The President has asked us to come to Plateau State to see what is on ground. He has also directed the immediate deployment of relief materials, including food items such as rice, grains, vegetable oil and non-food items as mattresses, clothes,blankets, among others, as well as other personal effects they will need while we plan for more durable solutions to their needs to enable them go back to their ancestral homes.
Recall that over 200 persons were massacred in about 15 communities in Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Bokkos local government areas of Plateau State by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in coordinated attacks on Christmas eve.
The gunmen also set no fewer than 100 houses ablaze during the horrendous attacks, a development that drew condemnations across the globe.