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IDPs protest over food in Borno

By Ndahi Marama

Maiduguri—Borno State government has suspended central feeding of internally-displaced persons, IDPs, following their protest in Maiduguri, yesterday.

Hundreds of women IDPs that embarked on peaceful protest barricaded the Maiduguri-Kano/Jos Road, yesterday, over shortage of food supply to the Arabic Teachers College camp in the state capital.

Some of the protesters alleged that foods have been in short supply or diverted by officials as they called for the removal of the central feeding committee.

A middle-age woman, who identified herself as Aisha Marte, said: “We’re hungry and we don’t want any feeding committee again because they are not giving us quality food. Give us our foods directly.”

The protesters also refused to listen to several appeals by the police that they should call off their action, but the arrival of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, doused the tension.

Durkwa, who was returning from another IDPs camp in the capital to supervise feeding of displaced persons, announced the immediate suspension of the central feeding committee at the camp and introduction of household feeding.


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