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Borno IDPs decry troops’ raid on UN office

By Ndahi Marama

Maiduguri—THE internally-displaced persons, IDPs, taking refuge at Dr. Ali Monguno Resettlement camp in Maiduguri have condemned last Friday’s raid of the United Nation’s North-East Zonal office in the metropolis by the Nigerian Army, in search of top commander of Boko Haram terrorists.

The camp is a stone-throw to the UN office, which also serves as a hub for humanitarian workers in the state.

Addressing newsmen, yesterday, at the Ali Monguno Teachers Village IDPs camp in the metropolis, Chairman and Secretary of the Camp, Mallam Yusuf Gulumba and Baba Buji, described the raid on the UN office as an evil machination designed by “some politicians” to instigate the UN and other NGOs to stop their humanitarian services to IDPs and subsequently pack out of the region.

They said the raid constituted a matter for grave concern to most IDPs in the metropolis, and described the action as a dirty politicisation of humanitarian activities, aimed at chasing the global agencies and NGOs out of the region.

Baba Buji said: “The UN has been offering effective humanitarian services to us, but it seems politicians with their dirty game are hell bent on frustrating them out of doing so.

‘’These politicians are not helping us with anything, and they now want to stop the international agencies like the UN and NGOs, so that we will continue to languish in hardship.

‘’This is the height of ruthlessness. Politics should not play with the lives of the IDPs. Those behind these evil machinations should be fished out immediately and arrested.’’



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