BREAKING: 25 Days Without Food: Nigeria’s IDPs Stage Protest

The picture above is of empty pots in an open kitchen at Bakassi camp where food has not been cooked for IDPs for days

Internally Displaced Persons in Gubio road camp have yesterday evening staged a violent protest in the camp as they were not provided with food for more than three (3) weeks, YERWA EXPRESS NEWS can report.

The camp which has about 19,600 IDPs rioted against the development, which became violent until arrests were made by security operatives and Civil Society Organizations intervened.

In the course of the protests, at least five (5) vehicles belonging to some organizations were vandalized.

The grievances of the IDPs according to what YENews gathered include: ‘long duration of time without supplies of food, reduction of food ration (2 dish of sorghum) and constant and unnecessary registration and re-registration’.

The IDPs said the protest was a last resort move as all efforts to resolve the matter peacefully proved impossible.

They claimed to have reported the case to National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA including their local government authorities but no action was taken.

Civil Society Organization has since intervened in the matter and the arrested persons were released, noting that it will take up the case to the relevant bodies.

Efforts to reach both NEMA and SEMA for comments did not yield results up to the time of filing this report.

Yerwa Express