Exclusive: Monguno Boko Haram survivors without voters card stopped from entering IDP camp

Boko Haram survivors who were evacuated from Monguno by the Borno State government were stopped from entering  Monguno internally displaced persons camp,  located in Maiduguri along Baga road.

Mr.  Umar who is one of the survivors in a telephone conversation with WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR)  narrated how he was stopped from entering the IDP camp because he has no voters card.

I am not the only person that was denied entrance,  we were many,  camp officials say voters card are needed for identification, he told this Newspaper.

Asked if voters card is a criteria for being saved as a survivor,  he said yes. He however, told WAR  that the camp officials say, that is the directive from the Borno State government.

Numerous sources who have visited the camp told WAR that survivors without voters card are not allowed into the IDP camp.

Mr. Ahmad Salkida had earlier said many villager from Monguno disclosed they were not allowed to board vehicles that were sent by the Borno State government to evacuate  survivors after Boko Haram launched attacks in Monguno.

He said Permanent Voters Card,  PVC was used as a means of identification before you can be allowed to board any of the vehicles.

As a result of Boko Haram attack in Monguno and temporary seizure of the town by the insurgents, the Borno State government sent vehicles to evacuate the villagers to Miaduguri.

An action that has since been politicised with those without voters card denied access to board the vehicles.

WAR,  could  not immediately reach officials of the Borno State government for a response.

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