Refugees Commission in Nigeria ‘Blesses’ Returning IDPs From Cameroon; Suspected Fraudster of IDPs Arrested
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who recently returned from Cameroon Republic and are currently camping in Gamboru Ngala of Borno State, have received succor from the National Commission for Refugees (NCR).
The relief materials brought and distributed to them include a mobile clinic, foodstuffs, building materials, and school materials; others are household items like bedding materials, plastic buckets, bowls, leather mats, clothing for children and toiletries, among others.
Presenting the relief materials to the Caretaker Chairman of Ngala Local Government Council, Abdulrahman Abdulkarim, for onward distribution, the Federal Commissioner of the Refugees’ Commission, Hadiza Kangiwa, said the items were meant for the returnees who fled their homes, following the Boko Haram insurgency to the neighboring country for safety. She noted that, they are essential materials to start a home.
While calling on national and international partners for support, she said the commission would not relent in giving assistance to the group.
Abdulrahman Abdulkarim, while distributing the items to the refugees, urged the beneficiaries to be steadfast in their prayers for peace to return to the area and state at large.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a suspect, Bukar Ladan, 50, in Mairi area of Maiduguri for allegedly defrauding 9,000 IDPs of N27 million under the guise of supplying foods stuffs.
NSCDC Commandant of Borno State command, Abdullahi Ibrahim, said the suspect allegedly collected N300 from each of the 9,000 IDPs who are currently taking refuge in different camps in the state capital, Maiduguri. The cat was ‘let loose’ when, as the commandant noted, “Our men found out that some of the women in the IDPs camp were grumbling that they have paid for food supply without being delivered.
“It is very unfortunate that some people will go to this length and defraud this people who had suffered great trauma in the hands of the Boko Haram insurgency.
“After going to the man’s house, we discovered that he did not have anything worth N10,000. We don’t know what they are using the money for, but we are still investigating him,” the Commandant added. He however, cautioned the IDPs to be vigilant and wary of people around them.