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Benue Flood IDPs protest Diversion of Relief Materials

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Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) being accommodated at the International Market Camp, Makurdi after the flood in Benue State, on Tuesday protested alleged diversion of relief materials by camp officials.

The protest started when a truck, 2 Hilux vans, a bus and a saloon car loaded with relief materials from the camp warehouse, were about to drive out of the camp.

A newsman, who was at the camp, reports that the protesters overpowered the security guards at the camp, and blocked the camp entrance to prevent the vehicles from moving out with the materials.

The visibly angry flood victims sang songs which accused camp officials of diverting relief materials and abandoning them to die of hunger.

Efforts to confirm where the items were being taken did not, however, yield fruits as the drivers of the vehicles and their team members, refused to speak.

A cross section of the IDPs said that they had not given any food items “for the past three days”.

James Tarkende, an IDP, said the IDPs had been left while the materials were being loaded to unknown destinations.

“When Gov Samuel Ortom and the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, visited us, they told us that nobody should divert materials out of the camp that is why we are protesting.

“In this camp, only a few people sleep on mattresses, but we are not complaining. We are suffering, but because of the situation at hand, we understand with the government. But the camp officials have gone too far this time.

“This is not the first time they are doing this; most times, they do it in the night.”

Another person displaced by the flood, Judith Audu, said that the officials were treating them like slaves.

She urged those in charge to closely monitor what was being given to the to IDPs so that government officials would not take advantage of others’ misfortune to enrich themselves.

When contacted, Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Joseph Utsev, who is a member of the committee on flood, said that government would investigate the incident.

Utsev, who was also at the scene of the first protest few days ago, expressed shock that such diversions could take place.

The Benue Government had, on Monday, removed the camp manager over allegations of irregularities.

Benue Flood IDPs protest Diversion of Relief Materials - BellaNaija

Pic.1. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) protesting alleged diversion of relief materials meant for them and hunger they are suffering, at the International Market camp in Makurdi on Tuesday (12/9/17).
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Benue Flood IDPs protest Diversion of Relief Materials - BellaNaija

Pic.2. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) protesting alleged diversion of relief materials meant for them and hunger they are suffering, at the International Market camp in Makurdi on Tuesday (12/9/17).
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Benue Flood IDPs protest Diversion of Relief Materials - BellaNaija

Pic.3. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) protesting alleged diversion of relief materials meant for them and hunger they are suffering, at the International Market camp in Makurdi on Tuesday (12/9/17).
04858/13/9/2017/Emmanuel Antswen/BJO/NAN

Benue Flood IDPs protest Diversion of Relief Materials - BellaNaija

Pic.4. Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse (M) addressing the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who were protesting alleged diversion of relief materials meant for them and hunger they are suffering, at the International Market camp in Makurdi on Tuesday (12/9/17).
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Photo Credit: Emmanuel Antswen/BJO/NAN

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8 Comments

  1. Olly

    September 14, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I spit on nigerians walahi. Every thung is an avenue to carry out corrupt practices. Haba. No course is worth donating for in thus nigeria except u r donating to the direct hands DAT need it. Smh. Curses country with some cursed citizens.

    • Patty boo

      September 14, 2017 at 3:14 am

      Abeg o! Where is my father , lets shift before you pour us saliva o! ??
      Some people are terrible tho, to the extent that the gov had to talk on it and they actual proved him right .
      intergrity F9
      they think this is party food, mtchww

  2. Cocolette

    September 14, 2017 at 3:29 am

    My God! How do you steal from people who have already lost everything?!!!! Why are Nigerians like this?!

  3. Bowl

    September 14, 2017 at 8:20 am

    There is such a a thing as an all consuming , genetic never sated poverty that most Nigerians , like their leaders have. It is what is responsible for the excessive looting and stealing! They don’t even care who they steal from !

  4. Cutieylicious

    September 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Atleast we see that everything is not Government but individuals. This is man’s inhumanity to man!

  5. Maymay

    September 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

    The Bible said that the heart of man is desperately wicked above all things, who can know it? That is just what is being displayed here.

  6. Bea

    September 14, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Stealing from People who just lost everything to flood? Some Nigerians are indeed “Beast of no nation(Fela Kuti’s song) egbekegbe, na real bad society! Haba!!. The corruption is not just in the government but in every institution both big and small in Naija. Imagine, NYSC officials ( which she ncludes some so called ‘SU’ decided to put us in a local hotel whereas the invite sent out was for Sheraton! And that was as far back as 9 years ago o. A local pepper seller stole half of my pepper pretending to put all in the bag but dropping some in another bucket placed on her lap, chai! I confronted her the next day and she couldn’t deny .And now, some stupid low life personnel are stealing from victims of flood.? We are indeed Fantastically corrupt!!

  7. Uberhaute looks

    September 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Every time I think of how great Nigeria could be but the spirit of gluttony, wickedness, greed and selfishness prevents her, my heart aches.

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