8 March 2018

Nigeria: IDP Protest Over Food in Adamawa, As Police Abort Pensioners' Rally in Niger

Hundreds of internally-displaced persons, IDPs, mostly women and children, from Fufore and Malkohi camps in Adamawa State, yesterday, staged peaceful protests over lack of food in their camps, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in their plight.

Adamawa has two camps managed by NEMA and they are situated at Fufore and Malkohi villages, with about 3,000 IDPs mostly from Borno State, who have been in the camps for over two years.

Meanwhile, Niger State Police Command, yesterday, truncated a planned protest by pensioners in the state over unpaid pensions and gratuities.

On the IDPs' protest, Adamu Bukar from Malkohi camp said he has one wife and three children and that they only eat once in a day.

His words: "Since early January, when they distributed the normal 30 days food items, we have not received anything."

Also speaking, Haruna Bana, also in Malkohi camp, expressed fear of imminent starvation, saying they received the last food in December 2017.

A security officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity at one of the camps, also confirmed the situation.

Contacted, Abbani Imam, the state Coordinator NEMA in charge of Adamawa and Taraba states, confirmed the development, but said the challenge will soon be addressed.

Police, Niger pensioners

On the Niger State's pensioner's protest, it was learned that Police immediately moved in when they got wind that the pensioners, in their hundreds, had been mobilised and set for the protest.

The state Commissioner of Police, Paul Yakadi, it was gathered, personally intervened by inviting leaders of the union to his office and pleaded with them to shelve the protest, which he explained can be hijacked by hoodlums.

The Police boss also promised the union leaders that their grievances will be conveyed to the governor for quick intervention.

The state chairman of the union, Alhaji Isah Zhiliku and Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Paiko, led the delegation of the pensioners to the meeting and finally succumbed to the demand of the Commissioner of Police after a long dialogue.

It was agreed that the meeting between the Police and the pensioners will come up again in two weeks for feedback from the government, after which the pensioners said they will take a final decision.


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