Boko Haram: US Donates Fresh $92m To Displaced Persons

The United States has announced a donation of nearly $92m as additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and severe food insecurity in the North-East and the Lake Chad Basin region.

With this donation, the US said it had provided more than $291m in humanitarian assistance in the 2016 fiscal year to people affected by Boko Haram-related conflicts.

The US continued to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region, a statement on Wednesday in Abuja from the Information Office of the US Embassy stated.

“This new funding to United Nations and Non-Governmental Organisation partners will help tens of thousands of people receive critically needed humanitarian assistance, including food, water, shelter, and services to address acute hygiene, protection and nutritional needs,” the statement added.

The statement hinted that the insurgency had left more than 6.4m people in need of emergency food assistance and displaced 2.6m people in Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.

It said that the United Nations estimated an additional $1bn was needed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in 2017.

The US called on other donors to contribute additional humanitarian assistance for the millions of people in the region whose lives had been affected by Boko Haram.

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Boko Haram: Nigerian Military Arrests Two Men For Sneaking Into Displaced Persons’ Camp

The Nigerian military said it has arrested two men for sneaking into a displaced person’s camps in Borno State.

Suicide explosions by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in displaced persons’ camps in North-eastern Nigeria have caused the deaths of hundreds of people.

In one of such explosions on February 9, at the internally displaced persons’ camp in Dikwa, Borno State, 58 people were killed and 78 injured according to official figures. The military in a statement circulated by PRNigeria on Sunday said it is currently interrogating the two men.

Read the military’s statement below.

The Nigerian military has arrested two suspects, Audu Umar and Hassan Umar, for smuggling themselves among the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) brought from Pulka to Gwoza Camp in Borno State.

The male suspects, who gave their names as Audu Umar and Hassan Umar, are undergoing interrogation by the military and intelligence operatives.

Meanwhile the Nigerian military is yet to confirm the speculation of an arrest of Boko Haram kingpin, popularly known as Bashir Sarkin Yanka, which in Hausa means “Bashir the King of Slaughter.”

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Buhari Orders Customs To Distribute Seized Rice, Others To Displaced Persons

President Muhammudu Buhari has directed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to transfer relief items in various customs warehouses to designated officials for onward distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Service Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday.

According to Adeniyi, the Comptroller General has set up a national committee that would coordinate and manage the movement and the transfer of seized relief items to give effect to the president’s directive.
He said the relief items currently in government warehouses for distribution to the IDPs included goods that had been forfeited to the federal government.

“It is important to stress that these items are only those that have been condemned properly in the competent court of law and have been forfeited to the federal government.
“They include food items like rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti and essential items like soap, used clothing materials, mosquito nets, beddings and others,’’ he said.

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Nigeria To Hold Forum On Displaced Persons

The Federal Government is set to engage local and international stakeholders in a two-day forum on the rehabilitation and restoration of internally displaced persons in the North-Eastern part of the country.

The forum, as announced in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, is scheduled to take place next week in Maiduguri, Borno State, as part of government’s determination to bring relief, restoration and rehabilitation back to the IDPs.

According to Mr. Akande, the forum is to ensure an efficient coordination and create synergy of purpose in the humanitarian intervention efforts for the North-East, between the federal government and non-governmental organizations. Tagged “North-East Humanitarian Multi-Stakeholder Engagement. themed Coordination, Communication and Cooperation,” it is being convened by the Presidency and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

Stakeholders are expected to deliberate on a workable draft that harmonizes the joint efforts concerned with the internally displaced and Nigerian refugees in general, at the forum which is scheduled for October 27 at the Multi-Purpose Hall in the Borno State Government House.

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Nigeria Has Highest Number Of IDPs- UN

Nigeria has the highest number of displaced persons in the world, the United Nations has said.

According to the UN, the continued rise in the number of displaced persons in Nigeria was largely due to the destructive activities perpetuated by the terrorists, Boko Haram, in the north-eastern part of the country. It described the insurgency as persistent.

The UN Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, revealed that over 1.5 million people were displaced in Nigeria, adding that there was an urgent need to realise the great extent of the responsibility that was associated with this development.

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Baga Update: NEMA Registers 3200 Internally Displaced Persons

Baga Update: NEMA registers 3200 IDPs, strengthens supports

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has dispatched a team from Abuja to strengthen the provision of humanitarian supports to the displaced persons from Baga, Borno State that have fled from the recent insurgency attacks in the town.

The Agency, at the weekend registered 3200 of the IDPs from Baga that are now in Maiduguri and accommodated at the Teachers Village estate where NEMA is providing them with basic supports in collaboration with the Borno State Government. The creation of the new camp brings to 11 where NEMA has been supporting the IDPs with food and non-food items.  The other IDPs in the camps are from towns and villages in the state which had been previously displaced by the insurgency.

The NEMA special intervention team is led by the Director of Search and Rescue to join the staff at its zonal office in Maiduguri to strengthen the humanitarian intervention of the Agency in the state.

Manzo Ezekiel
Press Officer


UN Helicopter Crash in South Sudan: Apparently Shot Down?

The UN cargo helicopter that crashed near Bentiu, Capital of the oil rich Unity State has uncertain reports that the Mi-8 chopper was shot down.

Also, an official of UN confirms that the cargo helicopter had been shot down apparently, while a government official in South Sudan points fingers at sympathizers and forces loyal to the rebel commander Peter Gadet as regards to the shooting of the chopper.


UN has been distributing food to over a million displaced persons who have sought shelter in UN bases around the country; while both the government and the rebel forces are yet to form a power sharing administration.

Three out of four of the crew of the Mi-8 chopper died while on a UN mission in South Sudan.