IDPs protest in Maiduguri, say they are dying of hunger

Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) have taken to the street in Maiduguri, Borno state capital on Monday to demonstrate what they call 40 days starvation.

The IDPs from Baga and Kukawa during the protest were seen begging the government for help so they can eat.

Worse still, the police use teargas to disperse the crowd who were mainly children and women.

The protester disrupted movement for hours, saying they have not eaten in the last 40 days.

Mr. Kashim Shettima, the state governor who is contesting for Senate had his poster destroyed by the protesters at Bulumkutu highway.

Some of the protesters narrated how they have been kept for days without food. Some of the women said they were given two cups of rice since they arrived at the camp.

Mr. Umar Labaran and some of his friends say there is no mattress or mat to sleep, they said over 500 persons sleep on the floor every day since they arrive at the camp.

Mr. Buka Mala, who is one of the protesters, accused the politicians of demanding for their voters’ card before allowing them to enter into the IDP camp.

Mala narrated how a former chairman of Baga told them that those who do not have Permanent Voters Card (PVC) have no value and do not deserve to be in the camp.

We were told to leave the camp if we do not have PVC, this is wickedness, and we are tired of such inhuman treatment, he said.


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