Following a sex scandal claiming that officials at the camp of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs trade food for sex with young girls and women, Alhaji Sani Zoro who is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons said that the house committee had already made all necessary arrangements to begin investigation into cases of sex scandals in the IDPs camps all over the country.
Alhaji Zoro who is a representative of Maigatari/Gumel/Gagarawa federal constituency in Jigawa State, pointed out that no specific group or organization is being accused for the crime but stressed that the committee will work tirelessly until the perpetrators of this crime are made to face justice. He made this known yesterday while reacting to questions from newsmen in Dutse. According to him,
“There are allegation which we are trying to prove. There are officials in the camp that take advantage of some young girls and women in order to give them preferential treatment when food and water are supplied.
“I am not trying to make any particular reference to any organization. But this is highly irresponsible and unacceptable to us.”
The one time president of National Union of Journalists (NUJ), also disclosed that Nigeria is the country with the most number of internally displaced persons in the world. As he said, the country presently has about 5 million Internally Displaced Persons all over the 21 camps in Nigeria, which is the highest in Africa.
He further clarified that going by the most recent data, the number of IDPs in the North-East as at December 2015 was 2.5 million while the flood which came in 2012 displaced 2.1 million people. The figures excludes the displaced persons from Bakassi and other neighboring countries. According to the Internal Displaced Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC),
“Violence, abuses, and forced evictions all add to the conflict-mix in many of these situations, while in places such as Nigeria we see how challenging life becomes for those already displaced by conflict when they are struck down again by severe floods and storms,” said Alfredo Zamudio, Director of IDMC.
The Comptroller General has however put in place a national committee that would see to the movement and the transfer of seized relief items following the directive by President Buhari to the Nigerian Custom to distribute seized rice and other items to the Internally Displaced Persons.