Plateau state Governor’s convoy stoned by internally displaced people

The Plateau state governor’s convoy has been attacked – Simon Lalong’s convoy was attacked by internally displaced persons in the state – The incident occurred during the governor’s visit to an IDP camp in Zawan area of Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau’s convoy was on Saturday, July 14, attacked by displaced persons living at Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Jos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred when he visited one of the IDPs at Zawan to give relief materials to the IDPs. Stones were thrown at the governor’s car and the vehicles of his entourage that included his deputy, Professor Sonni Tyoden.  Windscreen of many cars were smashed but the governor escaped unhurt as stones could not penetrate his bullet proof car. When Governor Lalong arrived at the IDP camp, the displaced persons started murmuring: ‘We don’t want relief materials, we want to go back to our ancestral homes’. Lalong in an address before the stoning, assured the people that the State Government would do what it could to address challenges being faced by the Internally Displaced Persons. The governor said he visited the IDP camp to see for himself the condition of the displaced persons and ensure that they received the relief materials released by government. He urged them to be patient as government was working hard to ensure that their security is guaranteed before they are relocated to their homes. Governor Lalong who said government will hunt and arrest their attackers, reiterated that he would not allow their ancestral land to be grabbed. Earlier, a representative of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Mr. Eugene Nyelong commended government and other people who have been supportive of the IDPs. He appealed to relevant ministries and agencies to give more attention to the camps, especially in the area of hygiene. Mr Francis Chong, the Camp Coordinator, urged the governor to stand by his word of protecting their land from being grabbed by the invaders. Chong also appealed to the state government to provide more security to the displaced persons. He also appealed to government to assist with medical help for those suffering from various health conditions. Meanwhile, previously reported that the Plateau state governor had promised that his administration would not play politics with attacks in the state. Lalong said his administration would continue to protect the lives of humans and property in Plateau state. He said his government is not resting on its oars to find lasting solutions to the attacks as governors in the country do not have absolute control of security apparatuses in their respective states.

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