NEMA Gives Reason For IDPs’ Protest
There were reports on Tuesday that some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Teachers’ Village IDPs camp in Maiduguri staged a protest and it was linked to food scarcity.
But the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) later in the day said that report was misleading.
In a statement, the spokesman for the agency, Mr Sani Datti, said the protest was not triggered by lack of food and starvation in the camp, but rather due to the suspension of registration of the displaced persons by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Datti said: "For record and purpose of clarity, though there was protest by some IDPs living in Teachers Village Camp, Maiduguri, it was never caused by hunger or lack of food supplies.
“The protest was actually caused by interruption of profiling exercise of the IDPs by International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), who were at the camp to extend their humanitarian support to complement the effort of partners.
“Consequently, some people outside made attempt to be enumerated and this prompted some IDPs in the camp to chase them away and it resulted in commotion and riot.
“However, the situation has been immediately brought under control by the security operatives stationed at the camp and normalcy restored".
Datti said that the agency had continued to provide food items monthly to the IDPs in camps, host communities and liberated areas in Borno and Adamawa States.
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According to him, the agency had conducted the monthly food distribution exercise at the camp on January 15, 2019, for the households, adding that the food ration was expected to sustain the households for one month.
The News Agency of Nigeria says hundreds of displaced persons on Tuesday took to the streets, blocked the Maiduguri-Kano Road, and destroyed bill boards and campaign posters of political parties candidates mounted by the road.
It was alleged that their action was a protest against alleged lack of food and shelter at the camp.
It took the intervention of the police, military and other security operatives to disperse the protesting IDPs.
The protesters have been in the camp since January, sequel to the displacement of households from their homes due to Boko Haram insurgents’ attack in Baga and adjourning communities in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno.
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