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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Agatu massacre: 5 die in Ugbokpo IDP camp

Agatu massacre: 5 die in Ugbokpo IDP camp

Published By Family Writers

No fewer than five Agatu indegens, taking refuge at Ugbokpo, Apa LGA of Benue State have been confirmed dead.

Scores of other indigenes in the camp, ranging from children, women and elders are also said to be suffering from one ailment or another.

Addressing Journalists at the IDPs camp, Ugbokpo on Wednesday, the Chairman of the camp committee, Rev. Fr. John Attah said the dead, mostly adults died from various ailments which could be as a result of fatigue or emotional instability while others complained of malaria fever.
“Some of them spent over a week inside the forest before they could trace their way into this place. So, many of them died of fatigue and the children died of malnutrition”, Fr. Attah added.

Moved by the rate of death and the continuous plights of the Internally Displaced Persons, wife of former President of the Senate, Barr. Mrs. Kate Mark has deployed a team of professional medical practitioners to the camp to offer free medical services to children, nursing mothers and pregnant women.

The team which arrived the Ugbokpo IDPs camp on Wednesday has treated over 400 cases of malaria, cholera, jaundice, malnutrition, typhoid and other ailments related to pregnancy.

The medical practitioners also went to the camp with fully automated laboratory equipments for on the spot diagnosis of ailments at window stage as well as offering drugs and precautionary kits to the camp officials against further outbreak of common sicknesses.

Barr. Mrs. Kate Mark also used the forum to call on the state and federal governments to as a matter of urgency put the insurgencies to permanent rest, to enable the victims return home for the new farming season which had already begun.

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