Some patients admitted after being wounded in the recent Fulani herdsmen attacks in Daffo, Bokkos LGA, Plateau State are currently being detained in various hospitals in Jos over unpaid bills totalling N24m.

The corpse of one Mafulul Sunday, killed in the renewed attack in Daffo on May 1, 2018 is also being detained along with the patients over unpaid N700,000 bills, it was learnt.

Mr. Sunday died last week Friday at Ola hospital while receiving treatment for multiple injuries sustained from gunshots, it was learnt.

Sources say the corpse was billed for burial yesterday, Wednesday but the hospital could not release it for the ritual due to the unpaid bill.

The leadership of Bokkos Local Government Council which had guaranteed the payment of the bills of the patients at Plateau hospital is believed, but not confirmed to be unaware of the Ola hospital situation.

The Councillor of Mayi Ward in Daffo, Danjuma Mabas had reported making efforts to secure the release of the corpse and the patients in other hospitals but could not succeed.

The House of Assembly member representing Bokkos constituency, Hon. Malo Muchen has also said he was not aware of the detention of the corpse.

The other cases in Plateau Specialists  hospital and Bimma hospital are however thought to be known to the government officials.

While the case of the patient in Bimma hospital, Sabon Barki Bukuru, Jos is unsure, that of Plateau hospital is said to have officially been communicated to the Local Government Council by the hospital management.

The Bimma hospital patient is being detained over N400,000 bill while while an unconfirmed number of patients are believed to be owing about N24m to the Plateau Specialists Hospital, Jos.

The N24m bill is however an accumulation of over three years' bills which the Local Government Administration in Bokkos had guaranteed.

An official letter demanding for the payment of the bills is said to have been sent to the LGC this week.

Meanwhile, the member representing Barkin Ladi - Riyom Federal Constituency at the Nigerian House of Representatives, Hon. Istifanus Gyang has called for honesty in the utilization of the N10bn fund approved by the Presidency for the rehabilitation of communities affected by killer herdsmen attacks.

The FG on Tuesday announced the release of the sum of Ten Billion Naira (#10bn) to  rehabilitate, rebuild and secure communities destroyed by herdsmen attacks.

The initiative as announced by Vice President Osinbajo during his visit to IDP camps in Benue State also includes the recovery and return of occupied farmlands to the owners.

Laudable as it is, the next critical issue according to Hon. I.D. Gyang as he is called would be the implementation process, the success of which  he says requires constructive engagement and consultation with the relevant stakeholders in the affected states and communities.

"In Plateau State for instance, Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGs, the very constituency which I represent  have more than 45 destroyed and displaced communities.

"This is in addition to the recent ugly killings and  displacements of Daffo in Bokkos LG and Miango in Bassa LG," he said.

Hon. Gyang however views the N10n fund as a "farcry" from reality in meeting the needs of the humdreds of communities ravaged by attacks.

"Given the massive devastation occasion by the attacks in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Kogi, Southern Kaduna, Zamfara etc, the #10bn is a far cry in meeting the demand on ground.

"To make for the desired impact, the initiative has to be expanded and sustained.

"Doing this will allay fears that the policy was a partisan devise to secure  a return bid and the needed votes for the President in the 2019 elections," the lawmaker stated.

Gyang added that the Presidency must ensure honesty and equity in "rebuilding the affected communities and recover all occupied farmlands across the affected states and in particular, communities in Plateau State that have been in the eye of the storm for over a decade."