Three-Year-Old Killed, Houses Destroyed As Fire Guts IDP Camp In Maiduguri

Photo: Custom House IDP camp after the inferno.

 

An Internally Displaced Person Camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, has been gutted by fire.

The inferno occurred on Wednesday morning, at the Custom House IDP camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis, destroying 620 makeshift houses and leaving one child dead.

Channels Television gathered that the child was a three-year-old girl who was asleep when the incident started.

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Her parents were said to have gone to the farm at the time of the incident, while her siblings ran for safety, leaving her behind.

Zamfara Govt Flags Off Construction Of 10,000 Housing Units For IDPs

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle (File Photo)

 

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has flagged off the construction of 10,000 housing units for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The project according to him will be financed by Omni-Frontier International Investment LTD (OMFii), a Private Placement Lending Facilitator that specializes in raising capital for private companies, governments and banking institutions in emerging markets to facilitate Trade, Revolving Lines of Credits and Project Financing on a short-term basis.

Speaking at the official inauguration of the project in Maradun town, Maradun LGA on Tuesday, Governor Matawalle who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Bala Maru, appreciated the effort of OMFii for providing fund for the project.

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He said the project will add value to the state not only in addressing housing challenges but also in the provision of shelter to vulnerable persons.

According to Maru, the effort is in line with the state government’s policy to partner with governments and NGOs for the development of the state.

The Special Adviser to Governor Matawalle on Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Fa’ika Ahmad and the commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Sufyan Yuguda described the project as a welcome development.

They say the state is in serious need of this kind gesture, considering the high number of IDPs, attack victims and other vulnerable groups, especially as the number of IDPs in the state was put at about 180,000.

Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Borno IDP Camp

 

A rainstorm has blown off temporary shelters of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in a host community-based camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The camp located at Low-cost B Shagari Housing Estate is home to 40 households ejected from a private property last year.

The temporary shelter was provided by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

The storm which occurred this evening destroyed the fence as well as the makeshift tents.

Although no one sustained any injury, the IDPs, however, cried out for urgent assistance as they have now lost their homes.

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Two Killed, 1,613 Households Razed As Fire Engulfs IDP Camp In Borno

Several Reported Dead As Fire Guts Borno IDP Camp
A file photo of the IDP camp gutted by fire in Borno State. Photo: [email protected]_Norway

 

About 1,613 houses at the Muna garage Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, have been gutted by fire.

Two persons who sustained severe burns died from their wounds.

Chairperson of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Yabawa Kolo said the incident happened on the eve of the Eid-El-Fitr.

Governor Babagana Zulum has visited the camp to ascertain the level of destruction caused by the fire.

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Zulum said the incessant fire incidences in makeshift camps further underscores why camps should be completely closed down in the state.

The governor revealed that the federal government has approved the construction of ten thousand housing units across the state, withnthe affected population in mind.

He said the construction will commence immediately funds are released to bring an end to the idea of living in temporary shelters.

In the first quarter of this year alone, several IDP camps in Nganzai, Ngala, Mafa and Monguno local governments were gutted by fire as a result of the cluster settlement of the people.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan Mourns Victims Of Borno IDP Fire, Lockdown Extrajudicial Killings

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with the victims of the fire incident that occurred on Thursday at a camp housing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ngala, Borno State.

Lawan mourned the 14 who lost their lives and sympathised with those injured in the inferno.

The Senate President commiserated with the Government and people of Borno State over the tragic incident.

Lawan called on relevant authorities to investigate the incident with a view to averting a re-occurrence.

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In another development, the Senate President condemned in strong term the cases of extra-judicial killings by security agents as reported by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the course of the enforcement of the lockdown ordered in parts of the country to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

Lawan said he was saddened by the report by the NHRC that 18 persons were killed by high-handed security officers tasked to enforce the stay-at-home directives.

The Senate President said that extra-judicial killings, in whatever guise, should be discouraged in our society. He called for a thorough investigation of the cases and that those indicted be promptly brought to account.

“Life is sacred. It is a tragedy that those asked to enforce compliance with emergency measures adopted for public safety are now being accused of responsibility for needless and totally avoidable deaths of citizens,” Lawan said.

The Senate President said any officer found culpable of unprofessional use of weapons should as a standard practice be made to face prosecution.

Lawan urged Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the authorities as they strive to defend the country against the deadly virus.

Fire Kills 14 People At Borno IDP Camp, Buhari Mourns

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A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

At least 14 people have been killed by fire at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Borno State.

The incident, which occurred on Thursday evening in Ngala Local Government Area of the state, also left many others injured.

However, the circumstances that led to the inferno have yet to be ascertained.

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the casualty figure in a statement.

“President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday evening described as ‘extremely horrifying’, the news of the death of 14 persons and injury to many from a fire incident at an IDP camp in Ngala, Borno State,” the statement said.

The President who mourned the victims ordered the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development to investigate the incident.

He also asked the ministry to report the circumstances that led to the incident and advise on how a future occurrence would be averted.

President Buhari directed that urgently needed assistance be immediately given to the victims and prayed to Allah for the repose of the souls of those whose lives were lost.

He also wished the injured persons quick recovery.

Focus Less On IDP Camps, Zulum Tells Refugee Commission

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.

 

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has asked that interventions from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and internally displaced persons should focus on creating permanent resettlement houses for displaced persons as against investing on government-controlled IDP camps.

The governor made this appeal on Wednesday in Maiduguri while hosting Senator Basheer Lado Garba Mohammed, the federal commissioner in charge of the refugee commission who led a delegation that included a representative of Qatar Foundation.

Zulum said while the state will continue to provide and coordinate donor humanitarian interventions for the welfare of displaced persons, it is, however, time to move from the phase of proliferation of IDP camps to stabilizing displaced persons by resettling them in permanent houses and providing them with means of livelihoods in safe areas that could be near existing IDP camps.

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Zulum said: “We are happy with all your interventions. However, we will request that you do not focus on IDP camps but rather on stabilization for the IDPs and by that, I mean contributing in the construction of resettlement houses which can be allocated to households as their permanent places to live and we then provide them with means of livelihoods to sustain themselves.

“As a government, we are moving from the phase of enhancing IDP camps to resettlement. By resettlement, I do not mean having to go and build houses elsewhere, the houses could be near the IDP camps, we will provide the land.”

The Governor also said his administration has created an agency for the coordination of all humanitarian donors and development activities in the state for the purpose of streamlining so as to stop duplications and give policy direction in which case, the state government will take lead in determining its priorities and policy direction.

Senator Basheer, in his response, said Qatar foundation, a charity, and development platform, which has a representative ‎in his team, was interested in building a resettlement camp hence it required land to be allocated by the state government to which Zulum gave commitment.

The federal commissioner revealed that his commission had trained a number of displaced persons on vocational skills and established some businesses for them.

Niger IDPs Reject Government’s Relief Materials

 

Internally Displaced Persons in Niger State taking shelter in some temporary camps have rejected relief materials donated to them by the state government.

According to them, the government has handled their plight with levity.

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They, therefore, insist on getting a permanent solution to the incessant security challenges in their communities.

Over 5,000 persons are currently taking shelter in five camps provided by the state government after bandits attacked several communities including Rafa and Shiroro.

PHOTOS: IDPs Protest In Niger, Demand Security In Camps

Some aggrieved Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), on Thursday, blocked Tegina-Minna road in Niger State.

The IDPs, mostly women, and children were protesting over alleged negligence and lack of adequate security in there IDP camps.

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They also blamed the state government for abandoning them since they have sought refuge at the camp after banditry attacks sacked heir communities.

Over five thousand persons are currently taking shelter in five IDPs camps provided by the Niger State government after bandits attacked several communities in areas including Rafa and Shiroro in the state.

 

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371 IDPs Rendered Homeless As Fire Razes Houses In Borno Camps

Air Force Officer Dismissed For Raping 14-Year-Old IDP

 

Over 140 homes have been razed by fire at two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that the fire incidents were recorded on Saturday night at the Flatari and Ngurno IDP camps with a total of 371 residents rendered homeless by the blaze.

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According to a statement by NEMA’s Northeast Information Officer, Abdulkezo Ibrahim, 28 shelters were destroyed at Flatari camp, displacing 20 households, while at Ngurno 120 shelters were razed and 77 households were rendered homeless.

NEMA says it is liaising with the Borno State Emergency Management Agency and other humanitarian partners to provide an update and mobilize resources for response.

This is the second fire incident recorded in an IDP camp in Monguno Local Government, the first being in February this year at the stadium camp.

Air Force Officer Dismissed For Raping 14-Year-Old IDP

Air Force Officer Dismissed For Raping 14-Year-Old IDP

 

The Theatre Command Special Court Martial of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri has dismissed a Nigerian Air Force officer, Flight Lieutenant Martins Ewerem, for raping and assaulting a 14-year-old girl, an Internally Displaced Person (IDP).

The girl, said to be living in the Bakassi IDP camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, was reported to have gone to fetch firewood in a nearby bush when the incident occurred.

Delivering a judgement at the Officers’ Mess of the Maimalari Cantonment, the President of the Court, Major General Yakubu Aura, said the court found Ewerem guilty of some of the charges brought against him.

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The accused was dismissed for being found guilty of the first count charge, but acquitted of the second while he was found guilty of the third count.

He was sentenced to dismissal on the first count of raping the teenager on September 29, 2018, during his patrol duty around Dalwa area of Molai on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolitan council.

The President of the Court explained that the accused was discharged and acquitted for assaulting the minor, which was the second charge.

On the third count, Ewerem was sentenced to reduction in rank from Flight Lieutenant to Flight Officer, and loss of seniority for six years in both the present and future rank.

This translates to three years as Flight Lieutenant and three years as Flight Officer.

Major General Auta noted that the judgement of the court was subject to the final decision of the highest Nigerian Armed Forces authority, as provided for by the law and in the Armed Forces Act.

Reading the summary of both defence and prosecuting witnesses, the Court Judge Advocate, Captain Aminu Mairuwa, said the accused was facing three counts of defiling, assault, and disobedience of standing order.

He said, “The accused who was on a special patrol mission from Dalwa unit, was said to have seen the victim and her friends, who went to fetch firewood. On sighting them, he ordered his soldiers to arrest them, accusing them of being suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers, and asked them to lie down.

“Despite not finding anything incriminating, the accused dragged the victim into the bush … where he eventuality defiled and assaulted her.”

The victim was said to have been taken to the International Rescue Committee Hospital in Bakassi camp, where she underwent physical examinations.

The results revealed that there were bruises on her body and penetration into her private part.

Several Reported Dead As Fire Guts Borno IDP Camp

Several Reported Dead As Fire Guts Borno IDP Camp
A photo of the IDP camp gutted by fire in Borno State. Photo: [email protected]_Norway

 

Several people are feared killed in a fire that broke out in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Gajiram, Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.

The incident, which occurred on Thursday, claimed the lives of four people – two children and two elderly persons — according to the media officer of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Ibrahim Uba.

He disclosed that no fewer than 4,000 households were affected by the fire while the only hospital in the community was also razed down.

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Uba added that a high-level delegation constituted by SEMA had visited Gajiram to assess the extent of damage and get first-hand information from those affected.

Meanwhile, a humanitarian organisation, Norwegian Refugee Council, said it gathered that eight people died and two others critically injured at the affected hospital.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, it noted that more than 10,000 homes were destroyed while about 15,000 people were displaced as a result of the inferno.

According to the organisation, the fire started as a result of a spark from a cooking stove used by a child preparing her food.

But an eye witness told Channels Television that the inferno was fuelled by a whirlwind, which made it spread fast, burning down shelters in the camp.

It said the victims of the incident were dispersed and seeking shelter under trees and many of them exposed to direct sunlight.

Three persons had died in a similar fire outbreak which occurred in February at an IDP camp in Monguno Local Government Area of the state.

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