Internally Displaced Persons Resort To Food Theft For Survival


According to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Borno, Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, have now resorted to stealing foods in resident’s houses in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The information was revealed on Sunday, by the Commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in the state capital.

The NSCDC Commandant said the command had so far recorded 10 complaints of food theft by residents of Jidari Polo Area in the state capital in addition to the arrest of two culprits aged 25. He also disclosed that the culprits perpetrate the act on Sundays by invading peoples’ houses at a time when Christians had gone to church for their morning worship.

Mr. Ibrahim further made it known that the command had arrested some of them who were confirmed to be Internally Displaced Persons.

He said:

“What is very surprising is that they do not steal anything apart from food items.  Anytime we hear of such incidents, we always discover everything to be intact in the houses but the foodstuffs are stolen. 

“The culprits are IDPs who mostly taken refuge in host communities.”

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He however gave an assurance of NSCDC’s commitment to nipping all forms of crimes in the area by working round the clock.

One of the aftermath of the Boko Haram violence is the current food scarcity experienced in the North-Eastern region of the country, where the major brunt of the insurgent’s attack has been felt. As a result of the food shortage, people who were forced out of their homes were reported to have been leaving host families and relocating into the camps of the IDPs, in order to at least have access to food.

But with this recent report, it is obvious that the strain of feeding the nearly 200,000 IDPs currently being housed in various camps in Maiduguri for about two years now, is beginning to tell on both the State and the Federal the government pockets.

Although the Borno State Government had claimed that it spends at least N600 million monthly to feed the Internally Displaced Persons, inmates had persistently called for better feeding arrangement in the camps.

Considering the N600 million feeding bills it had picked monthly, before the intervention of the federal government through NEMA, the Borno State Government and the Federal Government may have spent at least N7. 2 billion for the feeding of displaced persons only in 2015.

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