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Adamawa IDPs protest state assembly resolution on return to war zone


Confusion in Adamawa State as the Internal Displaced Persons from Michika Madagali Local Government Areas of the State protested  the   resolution of the Adamawa State House of Assembly,  directing the state Government to transport and shelter all IDPs back to their respective  towns and villages.

The IDPs said that the action of the law makers has political undertone and done in bad faith to perpetrate electoral heist.

Some  of the IDPs in the liberated areas of Adamawa state speaking to reporters yesterday in Yola, expressed dismay over lack of concern been displayed by the politicians over their plight in order to satisfy their whimsical political ends.

” The action of the law makers is to say the least callous, unfortunate and in bad taste.

” No political gimmick will make us relocate to our towns because our lives are yet secured  and we will not listen to the demands of politicians to be used as guinea pigs during the next general polls.” a resident of Michika , James Zira said.

The protest against the lawmakers resolution came against the backdrop that some politicians mainly from Madagali and Michika local government Areas are in position of large chunk of PVCs which they intended to use in skewing the elections against their opponents.

The argument is coming on the background of recent arrest of a man in possession of 83 PVCs who claimed that he was sent by the administrator of Garta /Futu Development area of Michika local government area for onward distribution to the  people of the area .

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Adamawa State who spoke through its head of public affairs, officer, Mrs Rifkatu Duku, said it was illegal to collect PVCs by  proxy . Investigation revealed that INEC has created  some locations in Yola the state capital where IDPs will cast their votes in the coming elections as the commission said it would  ensure that  IDPs  vote in those designated areas.

Also when contacted  the spokesman of the Adamawa  Police Command , DSP Othman Abubakar, said the police are yet to relocate to Michika and Madagali  as they did not get clearance from the military authorities” we don’t know how safe is Madagali and Michika till military ask us to move in”

Mr Phineas Elisha the spokesman to Governor Bala James Ngillari ,reacting to the lawmakers decision said that there was no way a responsible government will convey its citizens to the war front zone without the military directive.

” We cannot move the IDPs to the areas based on the resolution of the state House of Assembly.

” Mopping is still going on in the liberated areas  and when the military authority tell us that the areas are safe the government will take necessary action because the  lives of people are more important than politicking.” Elisha said.

He added  Mubi North/South, Maiha, Hong, Gombi which the government has moved the IDPs back to was based on instruction of the military authority after they finish mopping.]]>

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