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IDPs Accuse Govt Officials Of Diverting Food

Bauchi State Chairman of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Buba Musa Shehu said officials of the state government diverted 11 trucks of food items meant for 50,000 members affected by the Boko Haram crisis in the Northeast.

Shehu, said in Bauchi “that government has diverted about 11 trucks of food items meant for IDPs in Bauchi State stored by the federal government through NEMA and SEMA to undisclosed destination while IDPs are suffering in poverty,” .

The IDPs chairman stated that the non provision of food items has caused untold hardship to his members while others have been dislodged out of their rented apartment by landlords.

He also stated that hundreds of IDPs’ children have dropped out of school as the parents cannot pay their fees.

Alleging that some government officials recently re-bagged food items meant for IDPs and diverted same to undisclosed destinations, Shehu urged the federal and state governments to look deeply into the plights of IDPs in the Northeast region.

Responding to the allegations, the Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency, Shehu Ningi confirmed that about 6,600 tones of food items were recently conveyed from Bauchi stores to Borno state on the approval of Governor Mohammed Abubakar based on an undertaking with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

Ningi stressed that the request to transport the food items followed recent increase of IDPs in Borno State as a result of the rising spate of attacks on communities there.

Ningi insisted that the Bauchi State government was doing its best regarding the plights of IDPs to better their living, as he urged the displaced persons to exercise patience.

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