Soldiers repel Boko Haram attack on Rann IDP camp, kill 8

Days after the accidental bombing by a Nigerian airforce jet, which killed at least 54 persons, Rann IDP Camp in Borno State came under another attack, this time, by Boko Haram insurgents.


Witnesses in Rann said soldiers deployed to secure the bombed IDP camp battled for hours to repel over 100 Boko Haram gunmen who came attacking at about 6pm.


A source from Rann informed PREMIUM TIMES that the soldiers stood their ground and killed eight of the attacking insurgents.


The source, who asked not to be quoted for his security sake, said a soldier was wounded in the attack.


On Tuesday, the Theatre Commander of the Lafiya Dole counterinsurgency operations in northeast Nigeria, Major General Lucky Irabor, said the air force jet that mistakenly bombed the IDP camp was actually deployed to take on an idea identified location where Boko Haram insurgents were gathering in Kala-Balge local government area of Borno State.


Rann is the headquarters of Kalabalge local government area.


The Air Force said the bombings were aimed at Boko Haram militants.


It is not clear if the gang of Boko Haram insurgents that attacked Rann last night were those missed by the airforce jet.


Source: Premium Times

EFCC Arrests LG Councilor, Six Others For Diverting IDPs’ Rice

A supervisory councilor with Mafa local government area of Borno State, Umar Ibrahim, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) in Maiduguri over alleged diversion of 300 bags of rice meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the area.


Ibrahim, who supervises the local government’s agricultural department, was arrested alongside others named Bulama Ali Zangebe and Modu Bulama in a sting operation carried out by officials of the EFCC zonal office in Maiduguri.


According to the EFCC, the food was donated to victims of insurgency in the area by Danish Refugee Council (DRC).


Mafa local government is among the areas destroyed by Boko Haram in Borno State.


According to the EFCC,  the suspects after interrogation disclosed they acted on directives from the Caretaker Chairman of Mafa local government area, Shettima Lawan Maina.


The suspects claimed the local government chairman directed them to sell the rice.


The rice was reportedly sold to the duo of Alhaji Lawan Ibrahim of Bolori Stores and Umar Salisu at the rate of N8, 500 per bag.

Rann Bombing: President Buhari’s delegates arrive Maiduguri

A federal government delegation led by the Chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived Maiduguri, Borno State, in respect of Tuesday’s bombing of a displaced persons’ camp in the state.


At least 52 persons were killed and 120 others injured after an Air Force jet mistakenly targeted the IDP camp at Rann, near the border with Cameroon, where people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, lived.


The government delegation comprises of the Chief of State, Abba Kyari, Ministers of Defence and information; the Chief of Defense Staff, as well as the Chiefs of Army and Air Staffs.


The team has left for the Borno Government House, where it will meet Governor Kashim Shettima.


Source: Premium Times

How SGF Babachir’s company got N200m payments from ‘grass’ contract – Report

Rholavision Engineering Ltd, a company owned by Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of federation (SGF), got suspicious payments of N200m from a contract he awarded for the clearing of “invasive plant species” in Yobe state.

Rholavision’s bank statements and other documents seen by TheCable showed that Josmon Technologies Ltd, a company that got the contract from Lawal’s Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE) to clear grass for N248, 939, 231, made cash deposits of N10m into Lawal’s company’s account 20 times from March 29.

Lawal awarded the contract to Josmon Technologies on March 8, and the company made the cash deposits until September when he resigned from Rholavision.

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Lawal’s company’s bank account showing payments by Josmon Technologies Ltd from March to September 2016

These suspicious payments are thought to be bribes by the investigators.

Also, the SGF, while reacting to a call for his resignation by the senate on Wednesday, claimed that he resigned from his company on August 15, 2015, and as a result was not a party to whatever business it contracted.

But a document from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) seen by TheCable showed that Lawal was a director of Rholavision until September 16, 2016 when he wrote to the commission informing it of his intention to relinquish 1, 500, 000 ordinary shares.

The senate had called for the resignation of Lawal over alleged corruption in the management of funds for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the northeast.

PINE, which was under Lawal, could not account for N2.5bn allocated to it for the alleviation of the suffering of IDPs in the northeast.

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Lawal’s resignation letter from Rholavision in September 2016, not August 2015 as claimed by the SGF

The senate indicted PINE of wanton corruption and abuse of procurement process.

But Lawal denied the allegations, describing them as “balderdash”.

When contacted, Zainab Mogaji, Lawal’s secretary, promised to get back to TheCable on the allegations.

In October, PINE and the Safe Schools Initiative (SSI) were collapsed into the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), and it was placed under the supervision of Theophilus Danjuma, a retired general.

Borno government want IDPs’ food items thieves jailed

Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima has said those who were arrested for the diversion of bags of rice meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be prosecuted.

Shettima was quoted in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau.

Shettima in the statement ordered the commissioner of police to expedite action on the prosecution of the suspects.

Some IDPs had arrested an official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency over theft of food items in Bakassi camp on Tuesday.

There had also been reports of the police arresting official who were involved in diversion of relief materials.

The statement read: “Governor Shettima approved funds for the food stuff at the IDPs camp and he is deeply pained by this development. The Governor regards any attempt to divert food meant for IDPs as a crime against humanity which must not go unpunished. The Governor has promptly asked the Commissioner of Police in Borno State to expedite action that should ensure the prosecution of anyone arrested whether officials or anybody at all, in order to secure conviction by the court.

“The Governor has told the Commissioner of Police not to entertain any plea from any quarter at all. The Governor would like the court sentence, if secured at the court, to serve as warning to whoever might be engaged in shortchanging citizens who live in trauma having lost their loved ones, means of livelihood and their homes as a result of violent attacks by insurgents.

“The Governor assures internally displaced persons that his administration will continue to take measures that would enhance their welfare. As part of these measures, the Bakassi IDP camp where the incident was said to have occurred, has between 3 to 4 Divisional Police Officers of the respective local government areas living at the camp. The idea of having D.P.Os and policemen living at IDP camps was part of measures introduced by Governor Shettima since 2014 in order to maximize security of lives and property as well as the protection of human rights across all IDPs camps and other parts of Borno State.”

Nigerian University alumni, others to host photo exhibition in honour of IDPs

Three alumni of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) will from December 9 host a photo exhibition to celebrate internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Adamawa State, North-east Nigeria.

The exhibition will take place at the Madugu Rockview Hotel, in Jimata, one of the suburbs of Yola Capital city.

Operating under the aegis of Akam Contemporary, the two-day programme tagged, “The Refugee Prayer,” will among other things, project human dignity through visual arts.

One of the organisers and AUN alumnus, Nelly Ating, said the human-interest photo exhibition will showcase gripping images of people displaced by insurgency; their smiles, pain, and resilience.

“The photo exhibition will curate the stories of these people for historical purposes, showcasing their strength and restoring trust in humanity,” Ms. Ating said.

The exhibition will be organised by Ms. Ating and Haye Okoh, both of AUN Class of 2012, and Ibrahim Ciroma of the Class of 2009.

The trio are working in collaboration with Team Bindow, the Adamawa State governor’s pet project, and Pulse Nigeria, an online newspaper.

The event will also honour some local groups in the state for their support and commitment to helping and ameliorating the sufferings of the IDPs.

Adamawa State governor, Muhammad Jibrila, will serve as special guest of honour at the event, which will also be attended by representatives of international aid organisations.

The Director-General of the National Emergency Agency, Mohammed Sani Sidi, is expected to give the keynote speech at the exhibition.

“The exhibition will celebrate the IDPs through our lenses and will honour some of the local groups that sacrificed their comfort, food, and shelter for victims of the insurgency.

“And this is the true African pride. Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to cover medical bills of the IDPs,” Ms. Ating said.

5,000 IDPs living with HIV/AIDS in Borno – official

No fewer than 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in 27 camps in Borno are currently living with HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Hassan Mustapha, the Coordinator on HIV/AIDS in Borno, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Thursday.

He said that most of the patients were women who were rescued from captivity in Boko Haram camps.

The coordinator, however, said that some of those affected were not effectively accessing antiretroviral therapy because of stigmatization.

He lamented that many of them had died of the scourge because they were not properly counselled and sensitized on the need to enroll under the HIV/AIDS control programme.

“We have more than 1,000 patients in Bama camp and 3,000 in Gwoza camp while over 1,000 others are taking refuge in the host communities.

“We have heard of many supporting NGOs in Borno but none of them has approached us to offer assistance to the IDPs living with the virus.

“The IDPs living with such ailment are constantly challenged; they do not go out to access drugs.

“Most of them are shy while some are afraid to be identified by others as carriers.

“They sometimes complain to us that they are not allowed to go out of the camp to access drugs in other centers.

“The honest truth is that government is not paying priority attention to the plight of such persons,” said Mustapha.

Borno IDP camps will be closed by May 2017 – Shettima

The Governor of Borno Kashim Shettima, says all Internally Displaced Person camps in the state would be closed down by May 29, 2017.


Shettima said this on Friday in Maiduguri while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria.


He said the government was working hard to rebuild towns destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists to ensure speedy return of the displaced persons to their homes.

“We have reconstructed Bama by 25 per cent; my target is to reach 50 per cent by the end of this year and 75 per cent by first quarter of 2017.


“I want to close down all IDP camps latest May 29, 2017, because the IDP camps are becoming a huge problem on their own.


“If we allow the entrenchment of these IDP camps, they are pregnant with loads of challenges of early child marriage, prostitution, drug abuse, gangsterism.


“And we will be confronted with huge social challenges of an entitlement complex of people feeling that they are entitled to be catered for.


“So in as much as we observe the Kampala Convention, we will not compel anybody to return to their communities.


“But we know our people better than any other person, and it is not for somebody sitting in Abuja, Paris, London, US and any other places to dictate to us on how we should live our lives.


“Our people, in spite of their poverty, still have some pride left in them, a lot of them will rather go back to their communities and eat guinea corn and millet than to eat your rice and chicken in the IDP camps.


“This is why we want to restore the dignity of our people by rebuilding their homes, rebuilding their schools, engaging them in gender empowerment initiatives so as to enable them return back to their homes, ” Shettima said.

Women lawyers to probe rape cases at IDPs camps

Women lawyers, operating under the aegis, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), have vowed to probe rape cases among women and children at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country.


They said they would work in collaboration with police and other security agents in order to bring identified culprits to book to serve as deterrent to other criminally minded people.


Its National President who also doubles as the African Regional Vice President of the association, Mrs. Laraba Shuaibu, in a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, said the women lawyers would provide obnoxious services in form of free legal services to the rape victims to enable them get deserved justice.


The press conference was anchored on the coming of the African Regional Congress of the federation scheduled to hold in Abuja between November 26 and 29.

Mrs. Shuaibu further condemned the action of the suspected rapist adding that it is unfair and unfortunate for the criminally minded people to take advantage of the vulnerable women at the camps.


She said: “It is disheartening that women and children are being raped in IDP camps. We are visiting IDP camps in Abuja to see the level of this serious crime. We have championed the campaign against rape. They are vulnerable and to be so abused it is so unfortunate.


“We are going on a fact-finding mission in the IDPs camps. When we get the fact in the Abuja IDPs camps, we will be able to work in collaboration with our members in the North-east and that will guide us in the next step to take.”


On the Regional Congress, scheduled to begin this weekend, she said women lawyers on the African continent were expected in Abuja to participate.


She added that eminent Nigerians, including the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Miriam Aluma Murktah, were also expected to attend.

Boko Haram: IDPs in Yola Drop From 60,000 to 18,958 – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency says the number of Internally Displaced Persons in Yola, Adamawa, has dropped from 60,000 to 18,958.

Mr Sa’ad Bello, the Head, NEMA Operation Office, Yola, disclosed this on Friday during an oversight visit by the Senate Committee on NEMA to the IDPs camp in Damare, Yola.

A statement signed by Mr Sani Datti, Head, Media and Public Relations of NEMA, quoted Bello as saying that the drop is as a result of voluntary return of the IDPs to their homes.

While expressing satisfaction with the progress so far made in the camps, Bello said there was tremendous enrollment of school-age children in schools.

“So far, over 900 Internally Displaced Children enrolled in various camps in the state,’’ he said.

The Senate Committee Chairman on NEMA, Sen. Abdulazeez Nyako, commended the agency for its consistence in rendering humanitarian services in Nigeria especially to the less privileged.

He said the committee was satisfied and convinced with the way NEMA was managing available resources and taking proper care of the IDPs.

However, Nyako noted shortage of water supply in some camps as a serious problem and promised to invite the Ministry of Water Resources to address the challenge.

“We are going to support NEMA to lead and coordinate all activities of humanitarian organisations in the country,’’ he said.

Police express doubt over authenticity of report on abuse of female IDPs

The Borno State Police Command has expressed shock over allegations of sexual abuse of girls and women by officials guarding Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state.

In its latest report, the Human Rights Watch, an NGO, alleged that officials guarding IDPs camps in Borno State sexually abuse young girls and women.

Reacting to the report while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, expressed reservation over the authenticity of the report.

Chukwu said: “We have not received any complain or report from any IDP camp on the issue, so the whole thing is strange to me.

“Since I assumed office few months ago, I have constantly been monitoring situations in the camps; I have never received such report.”

Chukwu stated that the police would investigate the issue to find the truth.

He further said: “We are going to investigate the matter; we are going to get to the root of the matter to ensure justice.

“We are also going to introduce new measures that are only known to us to prevent future re-occurrence of such things if it is true.”

Meanwhile, the Borno State Government had indicated its plans to collaborate with security agencies to investigate the issue.

Governor Kashim Shettima made the announcement when he received members of the National Universities Commission who paid him a courtesy visit in Maiduguri.

Malam Isa Gusau, Special Adviser to Shettima on Communication stated this in a statement issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

Gusau said that Shettima intended to write letters to heads of security agencies in the country to post undercover agents to investigate the authenticity of the allegation.

No Excuse for Rape, Corruption in IDP Camps – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said increasing social injustices like rape, diversion of food items and other corruption-related cases within the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps are inexcusable.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, quoted Saraki as saying this when a delegation of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees led by Mrs. Angele Dikongue-Atangana visited him at the National Assembly, Abuja, on Tuesday.

He also pledged the cooperation of the Senate to ensure quick passage of bills to help address the crisis in IDP camps across the country.

Saraki said, “It is disheartening and heartless when you read and hear of cases of corruption in the supplies of food items; when you see cases of malnutrition and mortality in the IDPs; when you see children with cases of malnutrition and you know there can be speedy recovery; when the necessary drugs and nutritional items are provided with the necessary food items.”

He also pledged the readiness of the National Assembly to cooperate with the UNHCR in addressing the challenges facing the IDPs in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria.

Saraki told the leader of the delegation that the fact that the Senate had no committee on the IDPs did not mean the upper chamber of the National Assembly was unmindful of its legislative duties on the IDPs.

He stated that there were committees of the Senate saddled with the responsibility of tackling poverty and its related challenges.

Saraki pledged the cooperation of the Senate to work with the House of Representatives in the passage of legislation that would enhance the welfare of the persons in the IDPs.

Saraki further pledged to help facilitate the domestication of the Kampala Convention on Statelessness and Protection of Refugees.

Earlier, Dikongue-Atangana recounted the efforts of the UNHCR to rally support on the domestication of the Kampala Convention in the troubled regions within the country.

She announced that the UNHCR was planning a workshop for parliamentarians on the role of lawmakers in internal displacement, adding that the workshop was aimed at creating the awareness among members regarding international standards on IDPs protection and lesson learnt on parliamentary oversight of national response to internal displacement crisis.

Nigerian officials abusing women, girls displaced by Boko Haram – HRW

A rights group has accused Nigerian government officials and other authorities of raping and sexually abusing women and girls displaced by Boko Haram militants.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed that in July 2016, it documented the abuse and exploitation of 43 women and girls living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) across the northeastern city of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s restive Borno State.

The victims displaced from various cities, had their movement restricted in some cases after having spent months in military screening camps, the group said.

HRW claimed that the Nigerian government was not doing enough to protect the victims and to ensure that they had access to basic rights and services.

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at HRW.

While four of the victims interviewed reported that they had been drugged and raped, a further 37 claimed to have been coerced into sex through promises of marriage and financial assistance. Many of the women reported having been abandoned after they fell pregnant, with their children suffering discrimination and abuse at the hands of other residents in the camp.

Read accounts from the victims’ interviewed here.

A situational assessment conducted by Nigerian research organisation NOI Polls further revealed that 66% of 400 displaced people living in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states had reported sexual abuse from officials within the camps.

Irregular supplies of food, medical aid and clothing had led to the exploitation of some of the most vulnerable individuals living in the camps, with men using their positions of authority and privilege to have sex with women who sometimes only receive one meal a day.

The report said that victims of rape and sexual abuse were less likely to seek healthcare, with fewer than five of the 43 women interviewed reporting that they sought formal counselling following their harrowing ordeals. In addition, a medical health worker reported a rise in the number of people requiring HIV treatment, from about 200 cases in 2014 to more than 500 in July 2016.

Aid workers warned since early 2016 that women were being coerced into exchanging sex for basic necessities, with members of the security forces, along with other elements subjecting them to gross gender-based violence.

Following his visit to Maiduguri in August 2016, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, said that the Nigerian government had “a tendency to downplay the problem of sexual violence and abuse” of internally displaced people.

HRW said it had since approached authorities regarding the finding of its report.

“Failure to respond to these widely reported abuses amounts to severe negligence or worse by Nigerian authorities. Authorities should provide adequate aid in the camps, ensure freedom of movement for all displaced people, safe and confidential health care for survivors, and punish the abusers,” Segun said.

JUST IN: Suicide bomber targeting Maiduguri IDP camp neutralized by soldiers.

Soldiers on Sunday shot dead a suspected male suicide bomber trying to attack an IDP camp which nearly came under attack in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Saturday, Premium Times reports.

One of bombs strapped to the suicide bomber immediately went off after he was shot by vigilant soldiers.

A leader of the civilian JTF, Alhaji Dan-Batta said the bomber was lurking around the camp fence when he was spotted.

He said,“The male suicide bomber was seen loitering around the back perimeter fence of Bakassi camp at about 9 a.m. He was shot down before he could advance closer to the camp. One of the bombs he was carrying exploded, but another is still strapped on his body did not explode. The anti-bomb squad operatives are trying to defuse that one”.

There has however not been reports of any other injured or dead person from the botched attack.

Recall that two bombs went off in Maiduguri on Saturday, including one in front of the same IDP camp.

Borno IDPs Returning Home hit by Landmine Explosion

A truck conveying internally displaced persons, IDPs, ran into a landmine planted on a highway causing an explosion which injured some of the passengers, officials said.

The displaced persons were being conveyed from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, back to Gamboru-Ngala, a border community about 145km away. The community is one of those liberated from Boko Haram.

The incident occurred barely an hour after the military authority in Maiduguri, officially okayed the movement of over 200 cars and trucks conveying the returnee IDPs and food items to the liberated border community.

The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Bello Moduganari, confirmed the incident to newsmen in his office.
“We just received the sad news that one of the vehicles that we had cleared to move to Gamboru-Ngala ran into a landmine at Ngom Village, some 20km away from Maiduguri.

“There is no report of death in the incident so far, but we have arranged to take the victims to the hospital here in Maiduguri.

“We learnt the landmine was planted in the centre of the road and an unsuspecting Land Cruiser jeep ran over it”, he said.

Reporters who were at the venue where the soldiers commenced the escort of the very long convoy of trucks, pickup vans and passenger buses conveying foodstuff and persons.

The Secretary of the NURTW in Borno, Amodu Musa, branch had earlier informed reporters that they could not convey the passengers because of the bad nature of the road especially during the rainy season.

“Initially we had ignorantly blamed the soldiers for not trying to help us; but when we went there on our own we met 18 of our trucks stuck in the clay mud blocking the entire routes”, said Mr. Musa.

“We had to employ the service of a mega crane and towing vans to pull them out; then we also hired tippers to sand fill the route before we could make it to Gamboru some two weeks ago.

“And when we got to Gamboru we discovered that there were people but no food; a cube of Maggi was being sold for N20. A can of malt was sold at N350 and N300. That was why we pleaded with the military to assist us by allowing the trucks conveying food items to go first before the passenger vehicles”.

The theatre commander of the operation ‘Lafiya Dole’, Lucky Irabor, had also informed journalists that the movement of persons and trucks through the routes leading to Gamboru was one of the most difficult tasks because of the dangers on the route.

Mr. Irabor, a major general, dispelled the claims made by the returnee IDPs that soldiers took bribes from truck owners before providing them escorts.

Female IDPs Turn To Prostitution To Survive – Borno Civil Society Organisations

The Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno State, has raised the alarm over the increasing rate of prostitution by female internally displaced persons in the state.

The Chairman of the CSOs, Ahmed Shehu, said that displaced women and teenagers were engaging in prostitution in order to raise money to feed their families.

Shehu spoke at the presentation of the situational assessment of internally displaced persons in the North-East by a non-governmental organisation, NOI Polls, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He noted that 60 per cent of female IDPs had suffered rape and other forms of sexual harassment, adding that many homes in Maiduguri and environs were now headed by teenagers whose parents had either been killed, missing or in Boko Haram captivity.

The activist stated that the development could worsen the high incidences of sexually-transmitted diseases in the state.

Shehu said, “Many females were raped and killed while collecting firewood, particularly as they travelled farther from their communities. Many teenagers are heading their families now because their parents had been killed or captured by Boko Haram. The sad part of it is that many female internally displaced persons have gone into prostitution so that they can feed themselves.”

A Borno-based journalist, Mohammed Alfa, said the Federal Government should invite the anti-graft agencies to Borno State, “if they were serious about fighting corruption.” He noted that foods meant for the IDPs were being diverted and sold by state government officials.

Alfa alleged that some people had threatened his life for publishing a report on the nefarious activities going in the camps, stressing that he was not frightened by the threat.

The NOI, in its assessment, noted the cases of sexual abuse and rise in social vices in the camps and called on the government to address it.

It also affirmed incidences of corruption and sharp practices with respect to the distribution of relief materials donated to the IDPs.

“Majority of IDPs (93 per cent) attested that they don’t get most of the relief materials such as food, clothes, medicines and so on, allocated to them by the government and donor agencies,” the report stated.

North East Not Conducive For Return Of IDPs – UN Rep

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), says the North East is not yet conducive for the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Ms Liz Ahua, the Regional Representative for West Africa and Coordinator for Nigeria, said this on Monday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the Lake Chad Regional Protection Dialogue. Ahua said that the persistent threat from Boko Haram, presence of mines and absence of basic services posed acute humanitarian and protection risks for the affected population.
She said that the situation was not only peculiar to Nigerians but all border countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
She explained that the regional meeting was meant to adopt a working blueprint on regional protection of the Lake Chad basin and safe return of refugees and IDPs.
“This meeting is meant to exploit how we can better ensure IDPs physical safety, access to asylum and protection, including protection from forced expulsions.
“Many refugees and IDPs have experience high levels of violence, many suffer from trauma, and are in need of support in what practically and systemic ways can we help them. ‘’
She said that over 2.7million people in the region had been displaced, while 20million people had been negatively impacted by the insurgency in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
“The lake Chad today faces fundamental protection crises here in Nigeria and across the neighbouring boarding countries.
“The Boko haram insurgency and spillover into Cameroon, Niger and Chad has led to the loss of thousands of lives, has caused a massive displacement of over 2.7million people.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the three days Regional Protection Dialogue on the Lake Chad Basin has senior government officials from Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad in attendance.
Also present are representatives of national, regional and international organisations (including UN agencies), donor countries, academia and civil society.
The meeting is expected to identify the most urgent protection risks in the Lake Chad Basin resulting from the conflict-induced crisis and to agree upon comprehensive actions at local, national, and regional levels.



772,224 Displaced Children Live In IDP Camps – UNICEF

No fewer than 772,224 children registered by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are living at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the northeast.

Mr Olusoji Adeniyi, UNICEE Emergency Specialist, disclosed this on Tuesday at a workshop on emergency preparedness organized by the fund for stakeholders in Kaduna.

“Out of the number, 50 per cent of the children have no family tracing, which was causing more concern on child protection.”

Adeniyi said some of the children were traumatized and required psycho-social attention and support to appropriately reintegrate them into the society.

“Most of the children are lost out because they have lost very precious parts of their lives as a result of insurgency,” he said.

He said the situation called for collective action from all concerned as the “children are the responsibility of everyone everywhere”.

“So, we must join hands in saving their lives and guaranteeing their future,” he stressed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop was organized by UNICEF to create awareness among stakeholders on the importance of emergency preparedness, child rights and protection

NYSC To Deploy Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses To IDP Camps Nationwide – DG

The National Youth Service Corps is to deploy medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals to Internally Displaced Persons camps nationwide.

The Director General of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Sule Kazaure, made this known on Thursday while flagging-off the NYSC intervention programme at Damare IDPs camp in Yola.

Kazaure said the deployment of NYSC in the camps was part of the scheme’s contribution to government’s efforts in assisting the IDPs.

“This programme, which is designed to bring succour to the inmates in this centre, is also intended to compliment government’s efforts towards provision of the welfare needs of IDPs nationwide.

“The scheme, therefore, will deploy the services of corps professionals such as medical doctors, nurses, pharmacist, etc to the centre to assist Federal Government in the provision of medical and other sundry needs of the IDPs.

“Specifically corps members will be participating in medical outreaches, environmental sanitation, educational intervention and general awareness creation on healthy living,” he said.

Kazaure also said that the scheme would use the opportunity provided by the programme to distribute food items and other materials to the IDPs.

He said that the flag-off of the intervention programme was his major official assignment outside Abuja and this was an indication of the importance the NYSC attached to the plight of the IDPs.

Kazaure urged other wealthy Nigerians and corporate organisations to assist government in rehabilitating IDPs in the country.

He commended the military, NEMA, Red Cross, NGOs and various faith based organisations for their contributions to welfare of IDPs.

“I want to thank you all, especially, the corps members who despite all odds are currently serving in the state,” Kazaure said.

The leader of IDPs in Damare camp, Mallam Modu Gana, lauded the intervention programme of the NYSC which he said was timely.

Gov. Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa and the State Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Sa’ad Bello, also lauded NYSC for the gesture, which they said, reflected one of the objectives of the scheme.

Japan To Offer $1.45m Assistance To Displaced Women, Children In Northeast

The Japanese Government on Monday said it would support a humanitarian response project with 1.45 million Dollars toward assisting internally displaced women and children in Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe states.


Information about the assistance is contained in a statement issued by Mr John Nwankwo, the Senior Assistant/Advisor on General Affairs, Information and Culture of the Japanese Embassy in Abuja.


He stated that the project, tagged “Emergency Assistance to Internally Displaced Women/Girls and Survivors of Boko Haram Terrorism Attacks in Nigeria” was in partnership with the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).


According to him, the project is a one-year initiative spanning 2016-2017, targetting selected areas in Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe states.


He said that the aim of the project was to strengthen emergency assistance initiatives to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), especially women and girls and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the target areas.


It was also aimed at improving the economic capacity and social rehabilitation of women affected by crisis for peaceful cohabitation in target areas.


“The project is further targeted at strengthening humanitarian coordination mechanisms for a more comprehensive and gender-responsive approach in Nigeria, the Embassy official stated.


Nwankwo said the project would be implemented by UN Women in partnership with relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), civil society organisations and other development agencies.


He added that the humanitarian response project would complement an ongoing Women Peace and Security Programme in Northern Nigeria, being implemented by UN Women and other partners.

It would also enhance collaborative interventions between the governments of Japan and Nigeria.

He noted that “gender mainstreaming in humanitarian response is undoubtedly central to an inclusive, effective, efficient and sustainable support and recovery programme for IDPs in Nigeria.

“The management of UN Women and the Government of Japan and Nigeria remain committed to this course for attainment of sustainable peace and development in Nigeria.”



Olawale Rotimi: Strategies For Rehabilitating IDPs In Nigeria

Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria suffer disproportionately from different problems such as malnutrition, sickness, insecurity in the camps, lack of access to education, idles among others. The vulnerability of displaced persons is a major reason why sustainable strategies for rehabilitation must be considered and implemented at the shortest delay possible. These strategies will provide broad methods to integrate the displaced persons into the society, empower them economically, enrol the children in schools and expose them to proper healthcare facilities. Across the globe today, efforts of governments, United Nations, African Union and other international organizations, experts from various NGOs and the academia on refugees and internally displaced persons are focusing on their rehabilitation. Among others, the Kampala convention which seeks for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons agrees with this.

The numbers of displaced persons in Nigeria increased speedily in 2014 and 2015 following increased severe attacks from the dreaded terror group, Boko Haram. From the Displacement Tracking Matrix in a report published in February 2015, over a million displaced persons consisting of 149, 357 households were identified in six states of North East and North Central (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states). Another 5910 households were identified in Plateau, Nasarawa, Abuja, Kano and Kaduna states. National Emergency Management Agency’s statistics (NEMA) and International Organization for Migration also identified closely related number of internally displaced persons. It is clear that the figures may not be accurate considering the fact that some IDPs camps are not recognized by the government agency. Despite this uncertainty in figure, it’s not obscure that displaced persons in Nigeria today are numbered in millions. 53% of them are said to be women while 47% are men. 56% of the total IDPs population are children which more than half are up to five years old, 2.26% are breastfeeding mothers, 1.2% are pregnant women, 1.61% are identified as unaccompanied and separated children. 92% were displaced by the insurgency in north east.

Assessing the damages done to the Nigerian economy and social composition in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram over the years, the issue of Internally Displaced Persons is a great challenge to Nigeria. Efforts are made from various ends to recover and rehabilitate them but due to lack of a comprehensive roadmap/master plan of rehabilitation, there is no formidable combined effort. At this point, it is important to note that rehabilitating internally Displaced Persons go far beyond donating items to them randomly, it requires a deliberate research based plan which address the experiential challenges of the displaced persons and sustainable solutions, this will offer a strong platform for government and international actors to play. Lack of a research based master plan has weakened humanitarian interventions for displaced persons in Nigeria. The shocks, growing intensity and frequency of poverty, malnutrition, insecurity, lack of education, lack of skills and empowerment agree with this. In recent weeks, 450 displaced persons were reported dead due to malnutrition, at various instances, insurgents have attacked displaced persons in their various camps. The gap between humanitarian needs and the system’s capacity to respond is likely to widen before the end of 2016 if a research based mater rehabilitation plan for IDPs is not arrived at. Without putting this in place, vulnerable internally displaced persons risk getting engaged in a vicious sequence of violence.

Strategies for rehabilitation must come to play, tantamount to such which is been embarked upon by the Women and Child Watch Initiative in order to completely integrate the displaced persons into the society. These strategies for rehabilitation will give clarity to the roles available to the Federal and state governments, public and private donors, national and local leaders, and international actors to address and respond to the growing number of challenges confronting displaced persons in Nigeria. If not explored, the vulnerability of the IDPs may instigate intolerant attitudes, radicalism, and theft among other social vices that could bring unrest. A highlight of innovations that could broaden and strengthen government and international actor in the face of expanding challenges will be assessed briefly for the purpose of this article.

Engaging local NGOs/Researchers: It is imperative for government and international actors to engage local NGOs and researchers who are committed to rehabilitation of displaced persons in Nigeria. The aim of engaging them is to gather thematic challenges confronting the displaced persons and the solutions to such challenges. In relation to Women and Child Watch Initiative is doing as an NGO, questionnaires that address different areas such as gender based violence in the camps, emotional trauma, health challenges, child right in the camps among others should be developed in order to produce a research based result on IDPs rehabilitation.

Awareness and Advocacy: More awareness should be incessantly raised to draw attention of private and international donors to the plight of displaced persons in Nigeria. Such awareness must be researched based. This will motivate donors to contribute immensely to the rehabilitation process of IDPs in Nigeria. This will strengthen humanitarian response to internally displaced persons.

The pressing areas that interventions should cover include:

Security: In September 2015, the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram, in a suicide mission, attacked members of IDPs Camps in Madagali and Yola, killing 12 persons. In one of the attacks, bombs were reported to have been detonated inside a tent at the IDP camp. This among others are security threats faced by members of IDP camps in Nigeria. Yet to recover from psychological trauma from the loss of families, friends and properties, displaced persons are faced with security challenges coupled with a responsibility to protect themselves in their various camps. The inadequacy of security at the IDP camps opens them to attacks from terrorists and armed robbers.

Nutrition and Welfare:  In February 2016, news reported that 450 internally displaced persons died of malnutrition ( Feeding is key to sustenance of life, thus, fair distribution of food items should be provided particularly for breast feeding mothers and children at the IDPs camps.

Shelter: In February 2016, IDPs in Gwoza were evacuated, and many of them protested since they have no home to lay their heads. Provision for shelter should be made adequate and durable for the IDPs; this is a fundamental step towards their recovery.

Olawale Rotimi

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Reps To Tackle IDPs Problems Through Legislation – Zoro

The House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees, says it will support the Federal Government to tackle the issue of IDPs through legislation.


The committee Chairman, Rep. Sani Zoro, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.


According to him, the plight of IDPs can be addressed only through viable legislation.


“The house is helping with respect to the plight of IDPs by way of lawmaking because we are lawmakers.

I have sponsored a bill that will amend the Act establishing the National Commission for Refugees.

It is now to provide for National Commission for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Refugees, Migrants and Stateless People because these are people categorised as people of concern,’’ Zoro said.


He called on the Federal Government to adopt a national policy on IDPs, adding that this would further boost efforts already being made to evolve a permanent solution to the problem of IDPs.


“We, as lawmakers are also encouraging the executive arm of government to adopt officially a national IDP policy.

“Nigeria has, by our efforts, been developing an IDP policy since 2009. In 2012 it was reviewed even in 2015, it was reviewed but it has not been adopted by government.

“This is one of the ways we will support and jump start the attainment of a durable solution through legislation,’’ Zoro said.


It will be recalled that Zoro and his counterpart, Rep. Edward Pwajok, Chairman, House Committee on Human Rights, met with the National Human Rights Commission and the National Emergency Management Agency.
The meeting was to further evolve ways to tackle the issue of IDPs in the country.




Laws Protecting Rights Of IDPs Will Be Enacted Soon – Dogara

The House of Representatives is putting legislative structures in place to ensure protection of the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has assured.


A statement signed by Turaki Hassan, Special Adviser, Media/Public Affairs to the Speaker, said Dogara gave the assurance when received a delegation from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR).


The statement was issued to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.


Dogara said that efforts were on top gear by relevant committees in the House to ensure that Nigeria domesticate and ratify the UN Kampala treaty on the rights of refugees.


He said that the committees would soon conclude work on the document and submit it at plenary for further legislative action.


He said that the bill for the establishment of the proposed North-East Commission and the Kampala Commission were also before the committees.


He added the report of the committees would be brought before the House during plenary for consideration.


“Hopefully we will pass it and in no distant time, it will be ratified,” he said.


The speaker told the delegation that in recognition of the plight of IDPs and the need to rehabilitate and resettle them, the House constituted a committee on IDPs.

He said that the House would not support the call for over 2 million displaced persons to return to their communities until adequate security was provided in the affected areas.


“There is no way we can do that unless we bring the conflict to an end; it makes no sense for anybody to insist that IDPs should go back
to their communities.

“Chances are there that they may be attacked if conditions that gave rise to the crisis are not totally eliminated,” he said.

Dogara said that democracy would not thrive in Nigeria if the lives of the citizens were not secured.


“As it is said, democracy is a promise that deals with life and the pursuit of happiness.

“All other promises of democracy cannot come through unless there is life. That is the most important promise of democracy,” he added.


Earlier, leader of the UNHCR delegation, Mr Volke Turk, stressed the need for the government to find solution to the challenges facing the IDPs.

Turk is the Assistant High? Commissioner in charge of Protection of Rights of Refugees and IDPs.

He urged the speaker to expedite action to ensure that Nigeria domesticate and ratify the UN convention on the protection of the rights of refugees in the

According to him, ratification of the treaty will be `extremely valuable contribution’ to the protection of the rights of refugees.




1,500 Women Gave Birth In Borno IDP Camps In 2015 – Official

No fewer than 1,500 women gave birth in 28 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno in 2015, the State Primary Health Care Management Board said in Maiduguri.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Sule Mene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the deliveries were recorded between January 2015 and January 2016.

Mene said about 14,600 pregnant women received anti-natal health care, psycho-social services and child nutrition support.

He said that the agency had also received about 1,200 severe medical cases, which were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for proper care.

The official said the agency had established 20 Integrated Primary Health Care Centres for IDPs in all the camps to provide integrated primary health care and referral services.

“The Borno Government has procured health kits for each of the IDPs to help cater for their immediate needs.

“We have equally distributed mosquito nets to each and every one of them,” he said.

According to him, the agency, in collaboration with Federal Road Safety Commission, had trained its drivers to ensure prompt response to expectant mothers to access health facilities.





PDP’s Defeat Saved Nigeria — Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, declared that the Boko Haram insurgency would have destroyed Nigeria if President Goodluck Jonathan had remained in power, asserting that the defeat of his government saved the nation from imminent collapse.


While declaring that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was winning the war against insurgency, Dogara called on the President to immediately organize an International donor conference for the North East, saying funds realized from such a conference would be used to rebuild the war-torn region. The speaker stated this when he visited the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp at Uhogua in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.


Addressing the IDPs, Dogara who, expressed shock at the number of IDPs in the camp, lamented that PDP’s government failed to tackle the war as expected. He said this created the current crisis in the country and commended Edo State government and the General Overseer of the camp, Pastor Folorunsho Solomon, for keeping the camp running. He vowed to ensure that the National Assembly played its part to ensure that IDPs were well taken care of.


 “I want to thank God for the intervention in our affairs that he brought change in government. If we had continued like before, probably the Boko Haram fighters would have reached places like Jos by now. “It would have been millions of IDPs but God heard our prayers, he brought change in government. And the commitment in ending this fight has commenced in earnest by this administration.


“We have seen that attacks have reduced drastically. So it is hoped that very soon, may be this year, most likely most of us who are here today and want to go back to their communities may be able to do that. “They will go back without any fear of intimidation, we must do it because we have no other country but Nigeria.” The speaker, who donated bags of rice, beans, wheat, sugar and other items, promised to offset the bills of students in the camp involved in NECO and WAEC examinations. “I never knew that I will see this multitude of my own brothers and sisters. I have been told but maybe I did not believe enough, but the moment I stepped into the church, I saw a people that are determined not to be broken, in spite of the circumstances of their life.


“Apart from the war against terrorism, we in the House of Representatives are trying to pass a law that will establish the North East Development Commission. “So if that happens, it means we are going to have funds that will be used to rebuild the communities that you have come from when the war is over. And we will ensure that every fund meant for that is channelled for that purpose. Apart from that, there is a provision in the budget that will take care of you. “That is to say that the government has not forgotten you. And we have been encouraging private sector participation in managing the IDP crisis in Nigeria. “We have the victim support fund that is private sector driven. It is led by one of our eminent sons, Gen.T.Y.Danjuma.


“In addition, we have been calling on government to organize what is known as the International donor conference for the North East. “Just recently, it was done for Syria, so we want to reiterate this call for government to immediately convene an international donor conference for the North East. “So as soon as these funds start coming, we will make sure that wherever IDPs are in Nigeria, the hands of help to all IDPs in Nigeria will come. So as long as this government endures, you will always be in our heart. “Because we are in church, I will talk to you from the perspective of Christianity. I have not come here like any other politician, as I must sympathise with you, I must also encourage you. “I know the circumstances that brought you here because I am part of that region of the North East as well. And I remember that in my own local government, I had to concede one of my houses for IDPs from Yobe and some parts of Borno State.”


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Gov. Shettima Sets Up Task Force On IDPs Feeding

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Monday set up an Independent Task Force to ensure regular supply of foodstuff to all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.



Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the governor on Communication, said this in a statement issued in Maiduguri.



“Following recent developments, Gov. Kashim Shettima has constituted an Independent Task Force with the mandate of monitoring and evaluating feeding, supply and distribution of foodstuff in all internally displaced persons camps numbering about 30, established by the Government in Maiduguri, “Gusau said.



He said the task force had also been mandated to reassess the exact number of IDPs being fed, keep track of quality, reasonable quantity and regularity of meals.



The governor’s spokesman said the body was also charged with the responsibility of strengthening stock keeping and transparency in all supplies, distribution and utilisation of foodstuff meant for the IDPs.



“The Task Force is to take any other lawful step relevant to its terms of reference with a view to guaranteeing the welfare of IDPs under the custody of government.


“The Task Force which is to be immediately inaugurated by the Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Mamman Durkwa, is to be in place until May 29, 2016.


“It is expected to regularly report to the Deputy Governor who has been assigned by Gov. Kashim Shettima to directly supervise all affairs concerning IDPs in Borno,” he said.



The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 24-man task force is to be headed by Dr Bulama Gubio, a one-time Head of Service of the state, while Alhaji Muhammad Babadiya will serve as secretary.





Boko Haram: Displaced Person Beheaded In Borno IDP Camp

A 23-year-old displaced person was this morning found beheaded in an Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

 Millions of people rendred homeless as a result of Boko Haram’s insurgency have been taking refuge in IDP camps pending the time their homes will be safe and habitable enough for them to go back.

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Insurgency: FG Working On IDPs Rehabilitation – NEMA DG

Mr Muhammad Sani-Sidi, Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), says the Federal Government is putting in place programmes and policies to ensure the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).


Sani-Sidi said this on Wednesday in Abuja at while fielding questions the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum.


According to him, resettlements plans and policies are under-way following the success of security agencies in combating the insurgency and reclaiming captured communities.


“There are a lot of programmes and policies that have been put in place to address the problem of infrastructural damage in the North-East.


“The Victim Support Fund was set up to raise funds to cater for the IDPs; a presidential committee for reconstruction and rehabilitation was also set up.

The Safe School Initiative was put in place to allow IDPs children to continue their education in camps.

The committees were also set up to come up with some quick ways on how to address these challenges and how to assist them to go back to the liberated communities and continue with their lives.’’


According to the director-general, many camps have been closed down following the voluntary return of IDPs to their communities.


He said that there were 26 IDPs camps in Borno while in Adamawa, the number had reduced from 11 to five camps.


He said that early this year, there was an impact assessment in the insurgency-ravaged states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, to evaluate the level of damage and the infrastructure to be rebuilt.


Sani-Sidi said that although terrorism was entirely a new thing to Nigeria, it had become a global phenomenon and a global challenge.


He, however, said that it was the responsibility of the government to cater for the needs of its displaced citizens and address their plight.


He said that as at November, the population of IDPs in Nigeria was about 2.1 million.




410 Births, 187 Marriages Recorded In IDP Camps- NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that over 410 births were recorded between August and September while 187 marriages were conducted within the same period at the internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps in Borno and Adamawa States.

The director general (DG) of the agency, Muhammad Sani Sidi, provided the data yesterday when members of Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja.

A statement by NEMA spokesman, Sani Datti, quoted the director general as stating that 100 marriages were conducted in Maiduguri camps alone while 87 were recorded in Adamawa camps.

He said an emergency education programme for children at the camps became a major priority after unprecedented insurgency attacks on students, teachers and school infrastructure where about 269 teachers lost their lives.

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“68% Of The Total IDPs Are Children” — Dogara

SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, yesterday, said 68 per cent of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Nigeria were children.

Speaking at the sensitisation workshop and launch of UNHCR hand book, “On Internal Displacement for Parliamentarians,” Dogara said statistics from the UNHCR showed that 68 per cent of IDPs in Nigeria were children, adding that there had been about 60,000 births in IDP camps so far.

*Displaced children scrambling for food at an IDPs camp in Maiduguri... How safe are they?

The speaker further stressed that today’s event offered the opportunity to restate the fact that there was no adequate legal framework for handling issues of internal displacement.

According to him, though Nigeria at the executive level has ratified the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention), it has not yet been domesticated by the legislature.

He said: “We need to further explore the theme of this handbook for parliamentarians, which is ‘Internal Displacement: Responsibility and Action’, in a nutshell, who and what is responsible for internal displacement and what action is being taken by relevant authorities to address the problem.

“For our purposes, I think we should adopt the description of IDPs as ‘persons or group of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized state border.’ (Article 1(k) of the Kampala Convention).

“Large scale development and environmental projects can also generate IDPs. What is clear from the above definition is that IDPs are citizens of our country. They are not refugees from another country.

“They are our constituents, some of who voted us into office. As legislators, we have a duty and responsibility to care for them, protect them, assist them, provide for their needs, their welfare and to advocate on their behalf.”

“To be displaced or uprooted from one’s home is one of the most degrading and humiliating experiences that can befall any human being.

“They are very vulnerable and are exposed to all forms of exploitation and misery, women and female children are sometimes subjected to sexual abuse, and trafficking.

“IDPs lack appropriate shelter, food, water, sanitation, healthcare, child protection and educational opportunities.

“Access to money and work is severely limited or non-existent. Statistics from the UNHCR show that 68% of IDPs in Nigeria are children and there are so far about 60, 000 births in the IDP camps.

“The National Assembly has made its own contributions to the fight against terrorism and internal displacement, over the years.

“On the fight against Terrorism, we should recall that the National Assembly speedily passed both the Terrorism Prevention and the amendment Acts to aid the executive in its anti terrorism measures.

Australia Donates Maternal Kits, Spends N19m On IDPs

The Australian High Commission has donated birthing and neonatal kits to the Internally Displaced Persons camp at New Kuchingoro, Abuja to address maternal health needs among the displaced women.

The mission said it had provided over N19.5m to organisations working to assist the IDP community in the past year.

Speaking while handing over the kits and inaugurating a borehole at the camp on Friday, the Australian High Commissioner, Jonathan Richardson, said the mission donated the kits to address the difficulties being faced by pregnant women in the camp.

This he added, was done in support of the work of a group, Global Rights Advocates and their partners.

“The beginning of life is the most fragile even in the best and safest of circumstances and we recognise the importance of these birthing and neonatal kits for maternal and infant mortality. This is increasingly important given that over 60,000 births took place among the IDP community this year alone,” Richardson stated.

According to him, the Australian High Commission in Nigeria administers a Direct Aid Programme which provides support to a range of sectors including education, agriculture, health, good governance, water and sanitation.

He stated that the programme maintains a particular focus on helping the most vulnerable members of society including women, children and persons living with disabilities, adding that in 2014, Direct Aid support given in Nigeria totalled over N110m.

In addition, he said that the Australian Government had provided support worth N20.5m to the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Centre for Qu’ranic Studies at Bayero University Kano for two projects addressing the underlying causes of radicalisation and extremism at the root of the crisis in Nigeria.

The High Commissioner said his country recognised that the violent insurgency across Northern Nigeria and the resulting displacement of innocent men, women and children represented unique challenges to governance and administration in Nigeria and is committed to working with all stakeholders to proffer solutions to address the issues which had forced IDPs to flee their homes.

Buhari Visits IDPs In Yola, Restates Commitment To Ending Boko Haram Insurgency

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s commitment to ending Boko Haram insurgency.

Buhari, in Hausa language, gave the assurance while addressing Internally Displaced (IDPs) in Malkohi Camp in Yola on Friday.


“We remain committed to ending Boko Haram, ensuring your safety and welfare, particularly your children and their education. By the grace of God, it’s our wish that you will be at your farm next cropping season”, Buhari said.


Buhari assured the IDPs that government would not only recover their areas but also help in rebuilding destroyed structures particular schools and hospitals.


He lauded Adamawa Government, NEMA and other organisations for their effective handling of the IDPs and assured them of sustained Federal Government’s support.


Gov. Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa lauded NEMA for its effort in managing the IDPs in collaboration with the State Government and called for sustained support from Federal Government.


Responding on behalf of the IDPs, Mr Nicholas Samuel thanked government for showing concern for their plight and making them to feel at home.


Samuel, who prayed for sustained military victory over the insurgents, expressed their happiness and hopes to return home very soon.



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Boluwatife Adekunle: What Are The Sins Of Home Less Nigerians (The IDPs)

It’s one of such days where it would seem the writer of this article woke up to a rather sobering morning. I couldn’t help but ask again the very question I am sure many concerned Nigerians home and abroad have asked on numerous occasions.  And naturally it’s almost sounding like rhetoric. Nonetheless, I believe as a people we must continue to scream and overwork our voice until the deaf finally get the message.

I understand several NGOs as well as media houses have been ringing bell on the welfare of IDPs hanging on for life in many camps across the nation especially in the north eastern part of the country a region literarily deemed as theater of war. How we arrived here is no longer a popular question as it is widely accepted to be the failure of successive governments to tackle head-on the menace called Boko Haram.

The terrorist sect was in 2002 birthed like wild beast that waited seven years later to be monstrous and since 2009 till date it has been bloodshed upon bloodshed. They’ve carried out the most heinous crime in human history and given our dear country a name we’ve never been known for.

An average westerner or foreigner as the case may be would long before the emergence of Boko Haram called Nigerians all series of names; scammers, schemers, liars, 419s but never would they address or call them terrorists. Reality is telling a different story today but the fact remains that the long run of sad events in North east is definitely “Un-Nigerian” and this foreign veil that is fast overshadowing our heritage, the tolerating nature of our people would by divine intervention be dragged down and flung straight to pit of hell. Terrorism will not define us. We are a people rich in culture, loving and accommodating.

Many patriotic Nigerians never cease to hit at full volume issues involving IDPs, what I found baffling is the worsen state of things, it would seem the more we bring the plights of IDPs to fore the more deteriorating their situation become, their well-being is abysmal. The environment and physical shape of camps is complete eyesore. It’s far worsening than the conditions of Africans on slave ships that were transported to the Americas, over 15 million of them between 1540 and 1850.

It is unfortunate to see before our eyes compatriots been catered for in manner similar to events of 16th century and this inhumane treatment goes on unabated whilst the appropriate authorities to check mate the activities of NEMA keep mum or simply look away.

We need not be reminded that these vulnerable Nigerians are in this quagmire owning to no fault of theirs – I sometimes wonder what would be the fate of foreigners should the situation in our hands a case of people fleeing from war outside our shores or simply put refugees or asylum seekers. It is unimaginable what their destiny would be if we could be unsympathetic to our own people.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that in the course of battling management crisis of IDPs there are overwhelming figures been thrown around and if these billions of Naira is anything to hold forth, then its physical representation on various camps across the land is far cry from reality.

 In as much as this episode might not necessarily be a case of mismanagement or otherwise, on the other hand I couldn’t bring myself to accept that some people could be enriching themselves from the fallout of funds meant to enhance the living condition of internally displaced persons in the country. It is callous, inhuman and devilish.

 There are also allegations of nefarious activities within IDPs camps, ranging from human trafficking to physical abuse, sexual harassment, rape and so forth. Also, in the absence of data management, human ritual bands are alleged to be having field day picking victims at will. IDPs in Nigeria are molested, assaulted, mistreated, they’re physically abused, victimized and mishandled –one could not but ask this disturbing question, what are the sins of internally displaced persons?

Couple of days back, reports on forced relocation of IDPs from Christian home for the needy in Edo State were all over our screens. I must emphasize the point that visuals of ensuing drama following the announcement were heart-rending, it was emotional scenery for me and I hope such insensitive decision never reoccurs or see the light of the day ever again.

However, there was an unexpected comment from a victim in the camp, a young man whom I presume to be in his early twenties (maybe 20, 21). He said in an interview and I quote…

“…If we are one Nigeria, is Edo State not in Nigeria, so Edo State is in Nigeria but they say, they should carry us to north is it because that we have come from north and me as a citizen now or all of us here as citizens, we have freedom of movement we can go everywhere in Nigeria, to come to Edo State is not matter of visa because we are all citizens of Nigeria…”

Why it is that internally displaced persons are treated as second class citizens in their homeland?

Here are my immediate and long term solutions on the matter.

Turkish’s Policy

Turkey currently harbors high figure of refugees from Syrian, Afghans and Iraqis over 1.5million and it is expected to rise to 1.9million by the end of the year [according to UNHCR].

In the short term –Federal government should as a matter of urgency constitute and send a committee to Republic of Turkey to borrow a leaf from Turkish government on management and handling of Refugees and asylum seekers in Izmir and other parts of the Eurasian country. Their protection measures and access to public services could be worthy of emulation.

New North East

The long term measures present rapid reconstruction and redevelopment of North East, therefore Federal government must give utmost attention to the –economically most backward and less developed region in the country. To achieve this in not too long a time would require huge deployment of resources, man power and devotion.

State governments should endeavor to come up with programs that would address the needs of IDPs in their respective states. If the 36 states of federation could design plans to welcome and cater for IDPs in their domains, I have no doubt in my mind that it would go a long way in solving the many challenges of IDPs in our land.

Boluwatife Adekunle


Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Nigeria Has 3rd Highest IDPs After Syria, Iraq – NHRC

The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, has disclosed that with about one million people displaced from their homes,

Nigeria harbours the third highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world, behind war-torn Syria and Iraq.

He stated this yesterday at a national conference organised by the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), the MDGs Office and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) with the theme, ‘Good

Governance Beyond 2015: Setting Agenda for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Era of Change.’

According to the human rights chief, because of the fragility of the state and its institutions, violence has become a major cause of mortality in Nigeria.

Odinkalu quoted the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) Global Overview of 2014 which said that “Boko Haram’s ruthless campaign to establish an independent Islamic state in North-eastern Nigeria also drove new significant displacements.

“It was responsible for displacing more than three-quarters of at least 975,300 people in the country during the year, while many others fled inter-communal violence in the Middle Belt region.”

The IDMC report stated that as at the end of 2014, 38 million people around the world had been forced to flee their homes by armed conflicts and generalised violence, and were living in displacement within the borders of their own country while 11 million people were newly displaced during the year, the equivalent of 30,000 fleeing each day.

“Never in the last 10 years of IDMC’s global reporting, from the peak of the Darfur crisis in 2004 have we reported such a high estimate for the number of people newly displaced in a year. Today, there are almost twice as many IDPs as there are refugees worldwide,” the report said.

Odinkalu noted that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and indeed the wider project of development are themselves founded on the notions of human rights, human dignity and equality generally.

Earlier, the executive director of OSIWA, Abdul Tejan-Cole, said that as the MDGs are winding down by September this year, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be signed by all the nations of the world at a meeting in New York on a new development agenda.

He said, “Nigeria has made very impressive progress with the MDGs but the story of the MDGs is an unfinished business because we still have issues like HIV, illiteracy, hunger, sanitation and more. We are going to transit these development issues to the next agenda.”

“All the stakeholders are here and we shall be talking and strategising on how we can lay the structural, institutional and legal framework for the early implementation of the SDGs.”

Borno State Govt Appeals To NEMA To Support Daily Feeding Of Over 500,000 IDPs

It appears that Borno state government might need the support of more individuals and corporate organisations to continue to sustain the daily feeding of over 500,000 Internally Displace Persons (IDP) in the state.

The Deputy Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Mustapha Zanna while receiving relief materials (worth about N7 million naira) from Nigeria Flour Mills today, appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to take over the daily feeding of the IDPs in the state as it is becoming unbearable.

He said that the state government provides three square meals to the IDPs at the camps and that the current hardship in the country has also forced those residing outside into feeding at the camps.  Zanna further said that the exercise was eating deep into government purse, especially with the dwindling resources.

He said taking over the feeding by NEMA would enable the government concentrate on other areas such as provision of welfare, medical care and other essential services to the people.

Borno Govt Deploys Social Workers To IDP Camps To Tackle Trauma

The Borno Government said on Sunday that it had deployed social workers to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps to tackle rising cases of trauma and psychiatric problems among displaced persons.

Dr Muhammad Ghuluze, the Director, Emergency Medical Response Department in the state’s Ministry of Health, stated this while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Ghuluze explained that the objective was to assist the displaced persons who suffered trauma due to the activities of the insurgents.

He said that the ministry had established clinics in almost all the IDP camps in the state last year.

Ghuluze said that the ministry had also deployed doctors, nurses, midwives and other health workers to ensure proper management of the clinics.

“We have already set up medical clinics in 18 out of the 21 IDP camps in Maiduguri, with the aim of providing medical services to the displaced persons.

“We have recently mobilised social workers including psychiatric doctors to the clinics after we discovered high rate of psychiatric disorders in the camps.”

Ghuluze added: “The social workers will co-exist with the other medical and health workers in the clinic for effective service delivery.

“The idea is to provide easy access to those in need of such services”.

He said that the ministry had ensured regular supply of drugs to the clinics.

“We have been supplying drugs to the clinics for treatment of minor ailments.

“The camps staff have been empowered to refer patients requiring further attention to the Specialists Hospital for treatment free of charge.”

He said that the ministry had also distributed thousands of insecticidal treated mosquito nets to the IDP camps to protect them from malaria scourge.

“We have distributed Insecticidal Mosquito Nets to all the IDP camps as part of the Roll Back Malaria programme.

“Once, a camp was set up by the government, we simply supply equal number of mosquito nets to the IDPs in the camp.”

He said, however, that the continued influx of displaced persons into the camps had led to scarcity of the nets.

Fleeing Boko Haram Members Invade IDPs, Take Up Menial Jobs – FG

The Director-General of the National Information Center, Mr Mike Omeri said today that some fleeing Boko Haram militants had infiltrated the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the Northeast but were fished out and arrested by the police.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja today, Omeri also revealed that intelligence reports indicates that some of the fleeing Boko Haram members might have infiltrated towns and cities and have taken up some menial jobs to survive. He urged all citizens to be extra vigilant during this time and report any new face, worker or business setup.