See What Happened Before Bayelsa IDPs Got Relief Materials
Flood victims at the Internally Displaced Person's Camp (IDP), located at lgbogene in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, may have left the location on Saturday, but before the rain of relief materials fell on them, something happened.
They had summoned courage to brief a former Secretary General of the ljaw Youth Council (IYC), Mr Bristol Alabarada, on their ordeal and patiently they awaited his arrival.
One of their complaint was excruciating starvation.
The weather was gloomy when Bounce News arrived at the uncompleted building which served as shelter to over 1,000 men, women and children.
While the children who could not resume school with their peers loitered around sluggishly, their worried parents sat in twos whispering to each other.
Suddenly a white Hilux van pulled up in front of the building and Mr Anabaraba, accompanied by some youths and the camp Chief Liaison Officer came down and assembled the crowd.
Mr Bristol may have been briefed of their predicament before he came, as he told them that he had received reports about some persons who steal and sell food items meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He assured them of their safety in and outside the camp and pleaded that they revealed the identity of the culprits to enable them face justice.
A woman who identified herself simply as Rosa narrated how two boys were seen carrying some bags of rice into a tricycle on the night of November 4.
When confronted, one of them hit the elderly woman severally with a plank.
Fed Twice A Day Without Fish
The woman, who sustained injury from the nails in the plank, has been admitted in an undisclosed hospital.
She said they were fed twice daily without meat or fish and breakfast were usually served by 2:p.m while dinner was by 8:p.m.
"There are over 10 families in each room and some families have eight children.
"We are served 10 wraps of garri, small quantity of soup and no meat," she explained.
Sobbing, she stated that they always allowed the children to eat while they pretended to fast.
Another displaced person, Mr Paul Egberipo explained that they had only received less than 20 cups of raw rice each over the past one month.
"Our children cry for food every morning.
"When they serve the food which is usually garri or beans, it will not be enough for us," he told the former IYC official.
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Despite the cash donations and food items donated to the victims by both government, churches and individuals, they revealed that persons in charge of the store and kitchen, steal and sell those items outside the camp at cheaper rates.
The victims also complained over the arrest of a young man who was also an IDP.
They said he was wrongly accused for challenging some security officers who stole food items at the cam.
He was detained at Igbogene Police station while the one that flogged an elderly woman with a plank had been released.
"I promise you that the problem will be settled.
"As for the boy that flogged an elderly woman, he will face justice," Mr Bristol assured them.
Meanwhile, the Police spokesman in the state, Mr Asinim Butswat, told Bounce News that there was no information about the claimed arrest.
When contacted also, the Director State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Bayelsa, Major Zeddy Isu, debunked the IDPs' starvation claims
A day before the IDPs left the camp, they claimed they were fed only once -only lunch. No breakfast and no dinner.
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