FOOD SCARCITY: CHILDREN IN BAUCHI IDP CAMP FEED ON ONION LEAVES

Intense hunger as a result of inadequacy of food items in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the outskirts of Bauchi, has forced adolescent children to feed on onion leaves for survival. A visit to  the camp, located about two km from Rindebin community in Bauchi Local Government Area would revealed that the children, between the ages of three and five, looked pitiful as they consume the leaves. Some of their parents interviewed said there were no enough food, as such they had to ‘ improvise’ ways of tackling…

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SOLDIER DISMISSED FOR RAPING 14-YR OLD FEMALE IDP IN BORNO

A Nigerian soldier who was tried by the Theatre Command Special Court Martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State, has been dismissed for raping and assaulting a 14-year-old female internally displaced person (IDP).The soldier who was dismissed for raping and assaulting a 14-year-old female IDP was identified as flight lieutenant Martins Owerrem, and he was charged with three counts of disobedience to standing order, assault, and defilement. President of the Court, Major General Yakubu Auta who delivered judgement on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, disclosed that the accused testified that he slapped, dragged…

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RELIEFMATERIALS SEIZED BY CUSTOMS DEPT AND ORDERED TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO ORPHANAGES, IDPS DISAPPEAR

There is growing concern over the alleged diversion of relief materials meant for orphanages across the country. Arewa Trust reports that the Controller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali had recently directed that items seized by the service be distributed to orphanages, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) and vulnerable people across the country. Our correspondent has, however, gathered that some people are taking advantage of the goodwill to enrich themselves. While some are using the name of the Kaduna state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to give…

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I DIDN’T DO IT – GOV LALONG SPEAKS ON DIVERTING IDP’S MISSING 20BIL

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State has described as fake news allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Sen. Jeremiah Useni, that he diverted N20 billion meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state. Useni had alleged at a news conference on Wednesday that Lalong diverted the money for personal use. But Lalong, who reacted while speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Jos, said Useni’s allegations were totally false. “For Useni, who is a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to make allegation that money was…

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SEN ABBA AJI INTERVENES IN THE RELEASE OF PROTESTING IDPS FROM PRISON CUSTODY

Senator Abba Aji intervenes in release of protested Bama IDPs in prison custody Vanguard News / Tony / 2 hours ago By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri Former Minority Whip in the 5th Senate and a former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters to late President Umaru Yar’adua, Senator Mohammed Abba Aji has assigned his lawyer, Barrister Abdullahi Usman of Beneshiekh Chambers to take up the matter concerning some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Bama who peacefully protested their going back and vacated camps in Maiduguri due to poor feeding and health,…

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EX PDP CHAIRMAN REMANDED OVER STOLEN IDP FOOD

Court The Federal High Court. Yola has ordered the remand of former Adamawa PDP Chairman, Alhaji Abdurrahman Bobboi, in prison for allegedly diverting food meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The court also remanded Mr Sanda Lamurde, a former Commissioner for Finance, and Mr. Feredan George, a former Chief Store Officer of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Justice Bilkisu Aliyu gave the order on Wednesday, at the hearing of a case of alleged forgery and stealing brought against the trio by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). The…

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POLICE ARREST REPORTER OVER STORY ABOUT PROTEST ON BENUE IDP CAMP

The Benue Police Command has arrested Mr Emmanuel Atswen, a reporter of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), over a report on the protest by IDPs at the International Market camp in Makurdi. NAN reports that the IDPs, on Sept. 12, protested against alleged diversion of relief materials, and blocked the main entrance into the camp to stop vehicles loaded with the assorted relief materials, from driving out. Some of the protesters, who spoke with NAN, said that they were prompted to protest because such diversion had become more persistent,…

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HUMANITARIAN WORKERS WITHDRAW FROM IDPs CAMP IN MAIDUGURI

Humanitarian workers have pulled out of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The decision followed the outbreak of violence in the camp during a protest by the IDPs over the quantity of food brought in for distribution. The Gubio Road IDP camp is home to displaced persons from 11 local governments of the state, and one of the 13 government recognised IDP camps in Maiduguri. The needs of the affected population are enormous and almost insatiable, even with the team of government aid agencies…

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POLICE PROBE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF IDPS STALLED AS ARMY SHIELDS ACCOMPLICES

Adelani Adepegba and Olaleye Aluko There were indications on Wednesday that the police had stopped investigations into allegations of sexual abuse of women and teenagers levelled against some soldiers, policemen and camp officials at Internally Displaced Persons camps in the North-East. The PUNCH reliably gathered that those involved have not faced any disciplinary action as the investigative panel into the abuse has not submitted any report eight months after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a comprehensive investigation into the allegation. The Human Rights Watch had, in a report on October 30,…

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