By Gbenga Gbelee
As they struggle to keep body and soul together having survived terrorism
attacks which claimed their homes and communities, Internally Displaced
Persons in Maiduguri, Borno state capital have appealed to the State
Government to critically review and improve upon their current feeding
Some of the victims who spoke with newsmen at the Teacher’s Village
camp in Maiduguri said the current feeding arrangement in the camp was
no longer favourable.
The IDPs particularly alleged that the food meant for them is being
diverted by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
One of the inmates, Hajia Falmata Bukar noted that the commendable
efforts of the Federal and Borno state Governments in making adequate
provision for their feeding was being frustrated by the SEMA officials.
According to her, SEMA officials have failed to supply food to the IDPs
for about six weeks despite complaints thereby leaving them to starve.
She claimed that the recent provision made by the SEMA officials was
because of the visit by officials from the United Nation’s Security Council,
one she still described as insufficient.
Hajia Bukar said when central cooking was abolished for the IDPs, they
were very happy, because they thought all IDPs would get enough food to
feed their families.
She however expressed regrets that the challenges associated with their
feeding have persisted as the food ration usually supplied to households is
Another IDP, Mallam Jumai Maisalati corroborated the claim saying that
the problem had forced some IDPs to beg for food outside the camp to
They therefore appealed to the governor to intervene and ensure Justice.
Another IDP, Mallam Musa Bello in his words with journalists
recommended that feeding of victims in IDP camps be handed over to the
World Food Program (WFP).
He also called for the removal of top management of SEMA, accusing them
In a reaction to the allegations of mismanagement and diversion of supplies
meant for the IDP camps levelled against them, the Chairman, Borno State
Emergency Management Agency, Mallam Ahmad Satomi denied the
allegation of diversion of food items meant for IDPs.
He described the allegation as untrue and insisted that none of the officials
of the agency has engaged in the diversion of supplies meant for the IDP
He also accused some of the Internally Displaced Persons of selling their
food ration as soon as they were given and resort to complaining of hunger.