BY HUSSAINI HAMMANGABDO, Yola –
A truck load of relief materials, donated by United Nations High Commission Refugee (UNHCR) for IDPs, was burnt to ashes yesterday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
The truck over loaded with forms, pillows other relief materials, had contact with high tension cable behind NUJ Secretariat along Government House road and was burnt to ashes along with the truck conveying the materials.
The relief materials were meant for distribution to Hong, one of the local government affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
Confirming the incidence, executive secretary, Adamawa State Management Agency (ADSEMA), Haruna Furo, said the relief materials belongs to UNHCR kept in Central Stores in Jimeta for inwards distribution to communities affected by insurgency.
Furo said the relief material did not belong to ADSEMA, it was kept in their stores and could not give exactly the number of the items lost to the inferno.
The truck went up in flames at about 1:30 PM, which lasted for over two hours, as fire fighters from the state Fire Services, could not help matters due to inadequate fire fighting equipment which marred the department.
LEADERSHIP reports that it took the intervention of fire fighter from Faro Beverages Company to put the fire under control.