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Published On: Mon, Jun 30th, 2014

NEMA officials escape lynching in Southern Kaduna

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nema-logoFrom Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

In an attempt to provide succour to victims of Sanga killings in Southern Kaduna, a team of emergency personnel, led by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), narrowly escaped being lynched by irate youths in the area at the weekend.

It was gathered that officials from NEMA North-West zone, state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Kaduna, the Nigerian Red Cross, Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were in the area to conduct a rapid response assessment of aftermath of the recent attack unleashed by unknown gunmen on villages in the area.

A source, who said the agency’s staff and other critical stakeholders in disaster management visited the scene of the incidents, Police Post Division and the ERCC Church in Gwantu, which served as an Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP’s) camp, said that the team’s mission was abruptly ended at the IDP’s camp in ERCC Church when some angry youths, armed with dangerous weapons began chanting and making negative statements of rejecting any kind of humanitarian gesture.

“Sensing the looming danger, the emergency officials hurriedly left the venue, but in the process, the NEMA’s official Toyota Hiace bus transporting the team was not spared, as the enraged youths pounced on the vehicle, hitting every side of the car’s body; however, no damage was recorded,” the source said.

He explained further that, “Hundreds of victims are presently taking refuge at the two IDP’s camp visited by the team, out of the seven listed by the communities authorities. The team failed to visit the other five camps enumerated by the authorities because of fear of attack”.

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