17 March 2017

Nigeria: Three Dead, Six Injured in Borno IDPs Camp Fire Outbreak

Maiduguri — The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday confirmed that three internally displaced persons dead and six others injured during a fire outbreak at Konduga IDPs camp, Konduga local government area of Borno State.

In a statement issued by Information Officer of NEMA North East, Mr. Abdulkadir Ibrahim to newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday, NEMA said the inferno started at the cooking section of the camp.

"The fire started about 10. 40 am from the cooking area. Our emergency response teams and other stakeholders brought under control the fire incident at the College Of Business Administration Konduga, which is currently hosting 6,213 IDPs," Abdulkadir stated.

Some of the IDPs who spoke to Daily Trust by phone from Konduga said the whole camp was badly destroyed and pleaded for urgent assistance.

A survivor Ali Modu, said, "This is too much for us to bear. We are back to square one. Everything is gone."

Another survivor Masa Kadi said, "We have suffered much from this ugly situation. Where do we go now?"

Meanwhile, SEMA Chairman Egnr. Ahemd Satomi disclosed that the Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima had given directive to the State Emergency Management Agency for prompt distribution of relief items to the affected IDPs.

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