The task of distributing relief materials donated by the Federal Government for flood victims in some parts of Adamawa State has been taken over by officers and men of the Nigerian army.

The task of distributing relief materials donated by the Federal Government for flood victims in some parts of Adamawa State has been taken over by officers and men of the Nigerian army.

Presently, the area most involved is Lamurde Local Government and the reason for military involvement is said to be security challenges faced by civilians involved in the exercise earlier.

Dr Walia Hamma, the state Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this on Wednesday in Yola saying that government took the decision following Monday?s attack on security men protecting the store where relief materials were kept in Lamurde.

“Security men guarding relief consignment stored in Lamurde for distribution to victims of the recent flood and communal clashes were attacked during the night by hoodlums who carted away some materials. Fortunately, the authority of the local government alerted the military for support who responded immediately. As a result of this, the military has now taken over; they are now in charge of security management to ensure peaceful distribution of the materials in Lamurde,? Hamma said.

The director added that some of the hoodlums had been arrested and the relief materials stolen were retrieved. He appealed to the state government to offer logistic support to the state Emergency Management Agency to distribute the materials on time.

It would be recalled that the federal government had released 1, 500 tonnes of assorted grains to be distributed to victims of the recent flood disaster and communal clashes in the state.

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