Adamawa denies diversion of refugees’ food relief

Governor Umaru Bindow’s spokesperson, Mathias YohannaEMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Adamawa State has denied allegations government had diverted food meant for distribution to Boko Haram victims.

Governor Umaru Bindow’s spokesperson, Mathias Yohanna, blamed a local legislator for misinforming the public with allegations maize and rice carried in 70 trucks has been converted to politicians’ personal gain.

Yohanna alleged Madagali legislator, Emmanuel Tsandu, was the source of the allegation.

“It is pertinent therefore to draw his (legislator’s) attention and that  of general public to the basic truth. All assistance from the Federal  Government to IDPs (internally displaced persons) comes through NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) and not just direct to SEMA (State  Emergency Management Agency) as being alleged,” explained Yohanna.

He stated the Adamawa State Government, through its SEMA, did not receive  any trucks of rice from the Federal Government.

“Rather what happened was that all States that benefited from that  assistance from the Federal government had ministers and members of the  National Assembly as committee members liasing with NEMA officials for onward distribution,” explained Yohanna.

Adamawa State has been impacted by the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria. It  is estimated the state has become home to camps housing 400 000 IDPs  fleeing violence from Boko Haram.

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