Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Only 96 Out Of 200 Bags Of Rice Were Shared – Protests In Benue As Displaced Persons Accuse Government Officials Of Diversion

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The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in IDP camp one, located at Daudu/ Uikpam road in Mbawa Ward, Guma local government area of Benue State have accused the officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) of selling their reliefs and aid while starving them.


The IDPs, who staged a protest on Tuesday morning against the ongoing looting, diversion, and selling of aid donated to the camp, while they were being starved, called on Governor Hyacinth Alia for an urgent intervention to save the situation.

The former leaders of the camp, who spoke to KOKO TV NG on Tuesday morning, stated that even the SEMA card that contained the bio-data of IDPs were now being sold to them by the SEMA officials in the camp.

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The former leaders – James Lokoja and Thomas Wergba, Youth Leader and chairman of IDP camp one, who spoke in a separate interview, said that the officials of SEMA had started the looting of the aid on Monday night which prompted the protest on Tuesday morning.

Lokoja stated that 200 bags of rice were allocated to IDP camp 1, and only 96 bags were distributed to over 3,000 households in the camp.

“The remaining undistributed 104 bags are what the SEMA officials have been taking out of the camp since Monday night.

They came on Monday night with a tricycle and loaded some of the items. This morning they repeated it that triggered the protest.”

Giving further information, the former chairman of the camp, Wergba, said “170 bags of beans were allocated to the camp. The SEMA officials distributed only 72 bags and the remaining 98 bags are currently being diverted.

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Garri was 200 bags but they distributed 96 bags and the remaining 104 bags are currently looted by SEMA officials in the camp.

“Also, out of 150 cartons of soaps only 24 cartons were shared with residents and now the rest are being diverted.”

He regretted that while each household in the IDP camp is giving three milk cups of beans, the officials are looting and taking out aid meant for these suffering Nigerians.

“Nobody wants to be in this camp we want to return to our homes.”

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