Zamfara displaced persons takes shelter in Gombe

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe


Gombe State has been receiving families displaced by violent conflicts in Zamfara State.

Confirming the situation with the Voice of Nigeria, VON by phone, the Operations Head, North East Zonal Head of the Red Cross, Mallam Yakubu Abubakar Gombe said those fleeing the conflict from Durmi are now in Jalingo community of Funakaye Local Government area of Gombe State.

Mallam Abubakar said the Red Cross in Gombe has registered about 70 households, which were about 490 individuals comprising, men, women and children.

Providing immediate needs
He said the registration was being conducted for some of the IDPs in Manawashi town of Gombe Local Government and the number would be determined when the registration is completed.

The Operational Head of the Red Cross in the North East said the Federal, State and Non-Governmental Organisations, NGO should assist in providing immediate needs for the people, which include food and shelter, as well as medical needs.

Contingency shelter kits
He said the Red Cross in Gombe had provided the IDPs with First aid and temporary shelter, such as blanket and mats.

Mallam Abubakar said they were occupying schools at night, but vacate them in the mornings for school activities.

Mallam Abubakar said the IDPs from Zamfara began arriving in Gombe last week in trailers.

He commended the Gombe State Government, through the State Emergency Management Agency for providing security, preliminary assistance and always receiving people displaced by violent conflict within and outside the zone.

He added that the government should always have contingency shelter kits available in its stores and warehouses, so as to enable it respond promptly to emergencies such as the influx of IDPs into the state.


Lateefah Ibrahim