IDPs Protest Over Shortage Of Food In Borno

 

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital are protesting over food shortage in their camp.

Men, women and children residing at the Gubio road IDP camp on Thursday confronted aid workers over what they described as a desperate situation.

Most of the protesters are new arrivals from Kukawa and Kalabalge, the Local Government Areas sacked by insurgents early this year, who say they are forced to sleep outside in open spaces.

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It took the intervention of security personnel manning the camp to push back the protesting IDPs who were threatening to take to the streets.

The Gubio road camp is home to over 28,0000 displaced persons mostly from Monguno, Kukawa and Kalabalge Local Government of Borno state.

How 409,000 IDPs, Others Will Vote In Borno – INEC

How 409,000 IDPs, Others Will Vote In Borno – INEC
A file photo of displaced people at an IDP camp in Borno State.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained how the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and other residents of Borno State will vote in the general elections.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, gave the breakdown in an interview on Friday in Maiduguri, the state capital.

With just a few hours to the commencement of the polls, he said INEC has distributed sensitive materials to its ad-hoc staff for Saturday’s elections.

Mr Ibrahim revealed that out of the 2,315,956 registered voters in Borno, 409,000 people would vote from various IDP camps.

He also disclosed that eight voting centres have been identified for displaced people in the state in order to accommodate the affected population.

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The REC said people in Abadam and Kukawa Local Government Areas (LGAs) would vote in designated centres in Maiduguri.

He added that those in Guzamala and Marte would cast their votes in Monguno LGA, just as Kalabalge locals would vote in Gamboru Ngala as against Rann.

According to him, all other electorates in the remaining 22 local governments would vote at their local units or the LGA headquarters as the case may be.

The REC explained that this was the unanimous decision of stakeholders in the respective LGAs, as a result of the high number of voters residing in the respective areas.

Some of the displaced people were hopeful that they would encounter less stress in the course of the exercise, compared with their experiences in the 2015 elections.

Elsewhere, the Borno State Police Command said it has deployed 11,000 personnel on election duties across the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, noted that the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), as well as other sister agencies, have provided personnel to support the police for the assignment.

He said the security operatives would escort electoral materials to voting points across the state and maintain law and order at all polling units in line with the laws of the land.

IDPs Panic, Flee As MNJTF Withdraws From Rann

Source: A Displaced Survivor from Rann

 

Panicking internally displaced persons (IDPs) are fleeing Rann after partner countries of the Multinational Joint Task Force withdrew from the Borno community, leaving only the Nigerian Army in charge of their security.

The Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, told journalists after a meeting with the state Governor, Kashim Shettima on Monday that the news of the withdrawal had caused apprehension among the people.

“Rann is not dislodged, it is just that our counterparts from the other countries withdrew and our troops are the only ones there; people are apprehensive,” he said.

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Akinroluyo, however, stated that regardless of the setbacks, operations were still going on smoothly within the theatre of operation.

He also solicited the support of the government and co-operation of the people to enforce peace in the region.

On his path, Governor Shettima assured the theatre commander of his continued support and commended the Nigerian armed forces for their commitment to the counter-terrorism war.

He told journalists that the government plans to engage local hunters and vigilante to help enhance security in outlines parts of the metropolitan city.

In recent times Rann has been a major target for attacks, causing humanitarian agencies to also withdraw their support.

With the latest development, IDPs are said to have fled the town, crossing a river to Bodo, a community in Cameroon bordering Rann.

‘Thousands Of IDPs Still In Desperate Need Of Humanitarian Aid’

File Photo of IDPs

 

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, says tens of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are still in desperate need of humanitarian aid (shelter, food, water and sanitation).

He said this in a statement issued on Wednesday while lamenting over what he described as an upsurge in violence in the country’s north-east that has caused many innocent civilians to flee their homes.

According to Kallon, clashes on December 26, 2018, between the military and insurgents in Baga town of Maiduguri, Borno State, triggered a massive displacement, with most women, men and children converging on already congested camps or sites for IDPs in Maiduguri or Monguno town.

A subsequent attempted attack on Monguno on December 28, 2018, according to Kallon, exacerbated the situation, generating further displacement amid the uncertainty caused by the clashes.

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“The impact of the recent fighting on innocent civilians is devastating and has created a humanitarian tragedy,” said Mr. Kallon, after a visit to Monguno and to Teachers Village camp for internally displaced people in Maiduguri.

“It is heart-wrenching to see so many of these people living in congested camps, or sleeping outside with no shelter.

“Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict and the United Nations is extremely concerned about the impact that violence in north-east Nigeria, especially in Borno State, is having on civilians.”

Kallon also stated that some 260 aid workers have been withdrawn from three Local Government Areas namely: Monguno, Kala/Balge and Kukawa affected by the conflict since November, a situation which he says has affected the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the thousands of displaced persons.

Although he says aid workers have started returning to some areas to respond to the urgent, life-saving needs, the lack of a secure operating environment is preventing a return to normal humanitarian activities.

No Diaspora Or Out-Of-Country Voting, Says INEC

No Diaspora Voting For IDPs In 2019, Says INEC

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) there is no provision made for any Nigerian outside the country to vote in the general elections in 2019.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, made the clarification in a statement on Thursday.

He said, “The commission wishes to state unequivocally that there will be no Diaspora or Out-of-Country voting for any Nigerian, in accordance extant provisions of the Nigerian Constitution 1979 (as amended).”

“Only duly registered Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within Nigerians will be allowed to vote.”

Mr Okoye issued the statement in reaction to reports that the electoral umpire has made special provisions for IDPs in the diaspora to vote in the forthcoming polls.

With 64 days to the elections, the INEC National Commissioner asked Nigerians to disregard the report, saying it was capable of misinforming the public.

He, however, explained that the framework and regulations for IDP voting were presented and validated by stakeholders at a conference held in Abuja on November 12 this year.

Okoye stated that there was no reference in the remarks made by the INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, that at the meeting that special provisions would be made for those outside the country to vote in the elections.

Read the full statement below;

Plateau Govt Assures IDPs Of Safety, To Implement Panel’s Recommendation

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

 

 

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Plateau state have been assured of returning to their homes with a new life and a peaceful environment.

Governor Simon Lalong gave the assurance in Jos while receiving the report on IDPs resettlement committee on Monday.

Mr Lalong expressed the government’s resolve to immediately implement of the recommendations towards returning displaced persons to their respective homes.

The governor’s assurance follows several attacks in some parts of the state that sacked over 20,000 persons from their homes.

Following the development, the state government inaugurated a five-man committee to investigate and make recommendations for the return of the internally displaced persons to their original places of abode.

Presenting the report, Chairman of the committee, Air Vice Marshal Bala Danbaba (retired), identified several communities affected in five local government areas of the state with casualties recorded including destroying farmlands and villages which were forcefully taken over by the attackers.

The committee, however, recommended a four-phase strategy with proper security arrangement on the ground to avoid further attacks on the communities.

 

Bayelsa Floods: We Will Stand By You, Osinbajo Assures IDPs

Bayelsa Floods: We Will Stand By You, Osinbajo Assures IDPs
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo addressing an audience in August 2018.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has assured the victims of flood in Bayelsa State that the Federal Government will not leave them to their plights.

He gave the assurance on Friday during a visit to the camp of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Igbogene area of the state.

“On behalf of President Muhammdu Buhari, we will stand by you and whatever you need we will provide,” Professor Osinbajo was quoted as saying in a series of tweets by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande.

He was very touched that the people welcomed him warmly, despite the flood and all they have been through.

The Vice President stressed that the Federal Government has a responsibility to ensure that the welfare of Nigerians across the country was being taken care of.

“It is our duty as government to ensure that we take care of the people,” the Vice President told the displaced persons.

“That’s why I am here to see first-hand what is going on so that we will understand the type and quality of response to take further.”

Professor Osinbajo also met with a woman who put to bed recently at the camp.

 

Vice President Osinbajo was received in Yenagoa, the state capital by Governor Seriake Dickson and top government officials in Bayelsa.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo waves to the crowd during his visit to Bayelsa State on October 19, 2018.

 

The visit comes weeks after some communities in the state were hit by floods, forcing scores of residents to relocate.

Humanitarian Day: Ortom Seeks Global Support For Benue IDPs

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

 

The Governor of Benue State has called on the United Nations and other global organisations to come to the aid of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Benue State, as the world marks the 2018 World Humanitarian Day.

According to the Benue State government, over 500,000 persons have been displaced in the state because of the attacks and killings by suspected herdsmen.

This year’s World Humanitarian Day has the theme, ‘Not A Target’. However, Governor Ortom believes that in contrast, the people of his state have become targets of “armed herdsmen attacks” in violation of global conventions on the right to life and human dignity, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, said in a statement on Sunday.

The governor explained that global support was needed because the humanitarian crisis caused by the attacks in the last eight months have overstretched lean resources of the state.

On the level of devastation witnessed in the state, the Governor said apart from the lives lost, homes, schools, churches and health centres were destroyed.

Part of the consequences, according to him, is that more than 180,000 people are living in eight IDPs camps and over 500,000 displaced persons are either living with relatives or in uncompleted buildings across several local government areas in the state.

Out of the number of those in the camps, the governor said 80,000 are children who have been forced out of school with over 2,000 of them pregnant women, while 2,766 nursing mothers.

In calling for global support for the displaced persons, Governor Ortom thanked humanitarian groups such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), civil society organisations and the media for the roles they have played in bringing relief to the IDPs.

He also commended the military for the ongoing Operation Whirl Stroke in which some soldiers have lost their lives.

The governor assured the people that his administration would not relent in its bid to ensure their safety.

Influx Of IDPs From Taraba Will Hurt Us Soon, Adamawa Govt Laments

Influx Of IDPs From Taraba Will Hurt Us Soon, Adamawa Govt Laments
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The Adamawa State government says a humanitarian crisis may be looming in the state, as a result of the herdsmen-farmers crisis in parts of the country.

Governor Mohammed Jibrilla raised the alarm in a statement on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh.

He attributed the likely cause to the influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from communities attacked by armed herdsmen in neighbouring Taraba State.

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The governor explained that the situation was a spill-over of the crisis in Bajum-center in Taraba, lamenting that the IDPs were already trooping into Gorobi in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area (LGA) and Kpasam in Demsa LGA of Adamawa.

He was worried that the present situation has worsened the humanitarian crises in the northeastern state of the country.

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Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla (file)

 

Governor Mohammed, however, condemned at the spate of attacks in some communities in Adamawa and vowed to mobilise all resources to ensure that the situation was brought to a halt as soon as possible.

He noted that the government would no longer condone acts capable of undermining peace in the state and scuttling the developmental efforts of his administration.

The governor further commiserated with the families of victims of herdsmen attacked in Bajumi-Yashi community in Demsa, Numan and Kola in Guyuk.

In the face of repeated killings as a result of the herdsmen-farmers crisis, Adamawa has suffered no fewer than three attacks in the last three weeks.

At least 18 people were reported killed and several others injured when Dowayan village in Demsa LGA came under an attack On June 22.

The villagers told Channels Television after the attack that the assailants struck around 8:00 pm, razing several houses with many properties destroyed.

On Wednesday last week, no fewer than five persons were killed in a fresh attack on Mararaban Kola community in Guyuk LGA.

The police authorities in the state confirmed that four men and a woman were killed, with a couple seriously injured while the attackers also razed seven houses.

The latest was the suspected herdsmen invasion on five communities in Numan and Demsa LGAs on Sunday where many people were said to have been killed.

The attackers also invaded Lau Local Government Area of neighbouring Taraba State destroying properties.

The lawmaker representing Numan in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Sodom Tayedi, told Channels Television that the attack started at about 4:00 p.m. and lasted till the night.

Borno Govt, Dangote Build Houses For 200 Widows

 

At least 200 widows have benefitted from the 200 housing units jointly built by the Borno State Government and Nigerian businessman, Mr Aliko Dangote.

The state government had commenced rebuilding of towns destroyed by the insurgents, with a plan to relocate the affected population to areas considered safe, to enable them to start their lives again.

Nigerian philanthropist and chairman of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, who is a consistent donor to the IDPs, subsequently keyed into the resettlement vision of the state government, by making a generous donation of two billion Naira.

The state, on the other hand, complemented it by covering other expenses.

At the commissioning of the Dangote Village, situated in Dalori town in Kunduga Local Government Area, on Tuesday, Mr Dangote noted that unlike other beneficiaries of his foundation who would normally request for cash, the Borno community had requested for materials to help in rebuilding their community.

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He said, “Anywhere we pledge, to make a donation, people request for the cash.

“But you requested that you don’t want to see any of our Naira, you want to see it in materials which is very, very rare.

“It is against this backdrop and with consultations between the Dangote Foundation and the State Government that we provided building materials which included cement, aluminum and galvanized roofing sheets, iron rods, ceiling boards, as well as fabricated doors and windows worth one billion Naira to undertake the construction of what we are commissioning here today”.

Mr Dangote also called on other well-meaning Nigerians to support the initiative and help reduce the pains and sufferings of those affected by un-rest in the North-East.

The state governor, Mr Kashim Shettima thanked the philanthropist for the donations and for helping the state achieve its goal of rehabilitating victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

“With the construction of this village, I’m so glad that we have a permanent symbol of Alhaji Aliko Dangote in Borno State.

“In line with the principal objective of touching the lives of those in absolute need, we have ensured that 200 resettlement houses in this modern village, are allocated to persons who are direct victims of Boko Haram insurgency,” the governor said.

2,043 IDPs Return Home From Bakassi Camp In Borno

Borno IDPs

 

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in the Bakassi IDP Camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have started returning to their original homeland in Guzamala Local Government Area of the state.

The IDPs numbering about 2,043, commenced the relocation on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

The Theatre Commander of the Nigerian Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, said this on Tuesday, during the flag off of the movement.

Source: Nigerian Army

According to him, their rehabilitation was jointly worked out by the Theatre Command, the Borno State Government and the Guzamala Local Authorities.

General Nicholas also stated that the military has reinforced security in their homeland and therefore, assured the returning IDPs of adequate protection while they resettle.

Source: Nigerian Army

The Theatre Commander also urged well-meaning Nigerians and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support the IDPs with farming equipment and other relief materials to enable them to settle back quickly into their respective communities.

Benue IDPs Lament Poor Living Condition

 

Internally Displaced Persons at the Abagana IDP camp in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, have complained of inadequate sleeping mattresses and proper shelter from the rains.

The complaint follows an alleged report that a lot of mattresses and other relief items are been hoarded away from the over 175, 000 IDPs who are scattered in eight structured camps across the state.

Confirming the development to Channels Television, Chairman of the Abagana IDP Camp, Mr Philip Utsatse, regretted that people squatting in the camp were usually affected by the rain.

He said, “Whenever it is raining, nobody sleeps. All of them will just stand until the rain finishes before they will be able to dry the water and sleep.”

“There are some people that have constructed some sheds. Some people are not even having a place to sleep, some usually sleep outside and when it rains, all of them will just move inside there leaving room for no space to lie.”

He, therefore, appealed to the state government to come to their plights by addressing the accommodation issue by constructing some tents for them.

Utsatse added, “We are having that challenge of accommodation and we appeal to the government to come and construct some tents here so that people will have a place to sleep.”

Responding, the state government said it is aware of the challenges the displaced persons face with accommodation.

Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, Emmanuel Shior, said Governor Samuel Ortom, had approved some money to address the issue.

He said, “We have received some report as an agency of government that is responsible for looking after them. The governor has approved some money to put in place some measures to address that problem.

Shior also gave the assurance that the state government, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to acquire some tents to address the shelter challenge.