Boko Haram victims dying of starvation as Borno officials steal relief materials

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Officials of the Borno State government in charge of administering foods and other relief materials for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are in trouble for allegedly re-bagging and diverting rice donated by philanthropic organisations and well-meaning individuals.

Thousands of IDPs in over 20 camps around Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, are left hungry as officials enrich selves from the sales of diverted food meant for IDPs.

Many others have died of starvation while hundreds have been hospitalised.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Friday directed the police and the State Security Services to go after officials involved in the act.

The governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau, said Mr. Shettima’s directive followed the circulation of video clips and still pictures on the social media showing bags of rice purportedly from NEMA being re-bagged by officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency.

Mr. Shettima spoke at a meeting with heads of all security and para-military organisations in Borno State shortly after he held the traditional iftar (breaking of fast) with them at the Government House on Friday night.

Mr. Isa added that the governor described those who circulated the video as a group of Abuja-based politicians from Borno State bent on bringing down his administration.

But critics said the governor’s directive came a bit late because the action of thieving officials had already led to the death of several IDPs, some of whom perished from starvation and malnutrition.

In Bama town, 75km away from Maiduguri, hungry and malnourished IDPs die on daily basis because of inadequate food supply, those familiar with the matter said.

Governor Shettima had to visit Bama camp after receiving report that IDPs were dying rapidly due to lack of care and proper nutrition.

At the camp, the governor saw how hungry IDPs were left unattended to even as fresh corpses of persons killed by hunger were being buried, his aides said.

The governor had to quickly direct officials of the state ministry of health to move 61 persons with acute condition of malnutrition to the intensive care unit of the Umaru Shehu Ultramodern Hospital, Maiduguri, to save them from dying.

Another set of 478 children, alongside 219 adults with lesser cases of malnutrition, were also moved to a special care unit for proper feeding and medication, officials said.

Sources in Bama said before the governor’s visit on Wednesday, bodies wrapped in mats and being moved for burial were common sights at the camp “almost on daily basis.”

“We have lost count of people that have died so far in this camp”, said a concerned local camp official. “It was really a messy situation when you have to pick corpses of malnourished persons everyday; sometimes some of the dead ones may not even be discovered on time.”

“The theft is not restricted to food items alone, medical drugs, toiletries, beddings and wrappers have been diverted to the market and sold by greedy officials.”

Meanwhile, the Borno State Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ahmed Satomi, has been summoned by the state’s House of Assembly to explain why Internally Displaced Persons are dying of malnutrition everyday in various camps managed by the state government.

Mr Satomi is also to answer questions on the alleged diversion of relief materials.

The Assembly had on Thursday issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the SEMA boss to appear before a seven-man ad hoc committee on the alleged diversion and repackaging of relief items donated by Dangote Foundation and other humanitarian agencies for feeding the about 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The lawmakers are also seeking explanation regarding the multiple deaths at the camps, especially in Bama.

The Chairman, House Committee Verification on the plight of IDPs, Mustapha Ngala, who led other members to the office of SEMA Friday told journalists that his committee was mandated to go round IDP camps to see if there were any gap in feeding and welfare need of victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We have gone round most of the camps to see things for ourself and report back appropriately to the House and the authorities, we have been to Dalori Camp I & II, Bakassi Camp, Shettima Ali Monguno Camp among other resettlement camps,” Mr. Ngala said.

“We have had discussions with those managing these camps and the victims themselves (IDPs). We have not concluded our findings to tell you what we have gathered yet, but very soon, when we are through with our findings, we are going to tell the public.”

Mr. Ngala however said the state assembly was displeased with the “series of allegations bothering on corruptions and lapses in SEMA”.

Efforts by this newspaper to track down the SEMA chief executive for comments on the allegations against his agency and staff were unsuccessful.

Mr Satomi failed to keep a promise to revert as soon as he was done with an assignment he was handling.


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  • arewethishopeless

    SEMA offficials should be treated as terrorists …. Haven’t these Nigerian terror victims suffered enough?!

    • franknaija

      What a country. Unrepentant.

  • RestructureNigeria

    PROMISE YOURSELF & LOVED ONES PEACE. SUPPORT THE RESTRUCTURING OF NIGERIA ACCORDING TO THE 2014 NATIONAL CONFERENCE…..

    REMEMBER…..

    As long the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. Although there WILL be Islamic attacks..

    United States — Muslim 0.6%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1.8%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. There will be MORE attacks at this level

    This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. There will now be a level of fear from the natural population towards muslims This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in: Almost DAILY attacks in this range

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    NIGERIA– Muslim 42.8%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%

    Egypt — Muslim 90%

    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%

    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%

    Iran — Muslim 98%

    Iraq — Muslim 97%

    Jordan — Muslim 92%

    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%

    Pakistan — Muslim 97%

    Palestine — Muslim 99%

    Syria — Muslim 90%

    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%

    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%

    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%

    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%

    Somalia — Muslim 100%

    Yemen — Muslim 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons. Then you have BOKO HARAM, ISIS..Islam with a hall pass!!!

    • Sword of Damocles

      your big take(discernment) from this distressing news is religious in nature, huh?

      From your response, l can see why SEMA officials in Bornu or Nigerian politicians in general, steal from the poor & downtrodden people(i.e., IDP’s or the masses): NO EMPATHY for your fellow human being. You think restructuring is going to all of a sudden bestow upon people of your ilk this MOST fundamental of human trait called empathy? Goodluck on that belief, as it is fool’s errand. Believe this, if ANY African peoples is going to progress (development, standard of living of its citizens), that society will have to know the DIFFERENCE between RIGHT & WRONG(Moral Ethics). Are the officials mentioned above not Bornu indigents stealing from the most downtrodden of Bornu people? And how is restructuring going to tackle this most shameful, most embarrassing of the Blackman’s burden? :The inability to think of anyone other than SELF. smh, Aluta continua, victoria ascerta?

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        You really finished the idiota absoluta

    • Truth

      @restructureNigeria, the analysis are they yours. Maybe u should start killing us the Muslims so that we will not reach 100% in Nigeria. We are over 40% now. By Allah we will Islamice this country called Nigeria. Is that ur fear. Learn other people’s faith and believe before u gave some unscrupulous idea. Treat issues as they appear not slandering other peoples faith. Be open minded.

    • mabel

      The issue here is not about religion, I learnt that there lots xtians living in Boron, so this your statistical analyses doesn’t correlate with d discussion at all

  • Ashibogu

    These our Northern brothers! To them, everything is halal!

  • SAM .A

    That is the level to which corruption has descent in Nigeria . I said it here many times that civil service and civil servants are the brewery and the brewers of corruption , they are the butlers , how do you imagine somebody housed in Government house use Government car have his salary regularly ,just to distribute food and medications to our less unfortunate IDP , he is rebadging and selling it . They deserve nothing than prosecution and firing square.

    • Datti

      Evil (civil) servants.

  • realist

    Stealing has eaten deep into the fabric of Nigerians, we can steal anything. Despite our profess to be religious, on Sunday churches will filled up to the brim on Friday the same thing in the mosque. However after stepping out Satan works continues. Nigerians think they can mock God not knowing they are deceiving themselves.What is responsible than the exposure of children to the thieving adults. And seeming impunity without punishment.

  • tkay

    This is the height of man inhumanity to fellow men.
    I can now understand why BH has not been totally defeated, as some hungry men and women will rather prefer to join the BH than staying in the IDP camp and die of hunger, since their socio economic environment for legitimate earnings has been destroyed. This is nfortunate. The culprits should be severely dealt with according to the law.
    Also, those involved in the Dasuki arms scandal should be severely dealt with according to law

  • Mizch

    Stealing is in the DNA of the North. That is why their people will remain blind, deaf, lame and perpetual beggars despite all the oil money their politicians have STOLEN FROM THE NIGERIA STATE.

  • Otile

    This is the work of enemies. Enemies are trying to drag the reputation of Governor, Kashim Shettima to the mud. They know very well that this is the period of fasting, and the good Governor cannot feed the people fat while fasting and prayers are going on. Even in far away Osun state devout Molems there are not looking fat during this period. Allah will save the Governor from the evil machinations of pagans and bad people.

    Mutane Borno, jama’a barka da azumi.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Lolzzzz! You are one really crazy dude

      • Otile

        I am not crazy. Face it, enemies and bad people are at work.

  • Tunji Olarewaju

    This is the type of situation one will strongly advocate for the firing squad for any official(s) found guilty if this story is true