- Scandal looms in Boko Haram-torn Borno state as local authorities allegedly re-bag and divert rice donated by philanthropic organisations and well-meaning individuals for the internally displaced persons (IDP)
- The governor of the state directed an investigation
- Latest video clips from the IDP camps near Maiduguri show the process of distribution goes in normal mode
Thousands of IDPs in over 20 camps around the Borno state capital city of Maiduguri are starving, with an unspecified number of fatal cases reported. Some Boko Haram survivors were taken to hospitals due to malnutrition.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state ordered an investigation on the reports that government officials enrich themselves by diverting and selling food meant for the IDPs. However, the authorities suspect an unnecessary attention is being brought to the issue by an Abuja-based group of politicians interested in taking the current Borno state administration down.
Nevertheless, multiple incidents cannot be denied. Governor Shettima even had to visit an IDP camp in Bama town, about 75 km from the capital of the state, on Wednesday, June 15, in response to reports on an inadequate food supply and care for the Boko Haram victims.
As a result of the visit, 61 people with acute condition of malnutrition were moved to the intensive care unit of the Umaru Shehu Ultramodern Hospital, Maiduguri.
No fewer that 478 children and 219 adults with lesser cases of malnutrition were also relocated to the special units where they can get improved feeding and medication.
It would be noted that the Borno state chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ahmed Satomi, has been summoned by the state’s House of Assembly for explanation on the recorded episodes of death and mishandling of the IDPs. Satomi is also asked to provide clarification on the alleged diversion of relief materials.
"What's the difference between them and Boko Haram?"
When news on the inhumane practices broke earlier this week, many Nigerians wondered what was the difference between NEMA/SEMA officials who steal food meant for the IDPs and the Boko Haram terrorists. Currently, fresh videos from Borno state show that the distribution of the supplies and food has normalised.
Aishat Alubankudi, a prominent female politician and influencer, shared a fresh video on Sunday, June 19, and wrote:
"Right now in Borno and closely monitored. Yesterday was for 500 people and today for 865 people. Inshallah. Let those stealing IDPs' food continue, Allah will never abandon the poor."