Politicians fingered in Borno IDPs protest

Refugee malnourishmentEMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Borno State Government has alleged some politicians in the opposition masterminded the protest by internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in the state on Thursday.

The state deputy governor, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, made the allegation after dousing the tension of the angry IDPs.

It was reported acute hunger and apparent neglect by government officials triggered the protests, with women and children, the visibly-angry IDPs barricaded the city’s main entry point, causing a gridlock along the Kano-Maiduguri highway.

Durkwa said the government was not ruling out involvement of opposition politicians, thought to be of the People’s Democratic Party, in the matter.

Durkwa reported the first woman among the protesters she spoke to was not living in an IDPs camp.

“She is from Maduganari (a neighbourhood) and likewise the first youth I invited and the IDPs are Marte people. This means some people may be instigating them.”

Some of the protesters who spoke to journalists alleged foods had been in short supply as food meant for them were diverted by officials.

They called for the removal of the central feeding committee.

“We’re hungry and we don’t want any feeding committee again because they aren’t giving us quality food. Give us our foods directly,” they shouted.

Durkwa announced the immediate suspension of the committee and introduction of household feeding.

He said each family would now receive foodstuffs from the state government.

Durkwa said the state government has already moved trucks of food to the camp to kick off the household feeding. – CAJ News

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