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'75 000 Nigeria children risk dying in months'

16 November 2016, 18:09

Abuja - The United Nations warned on Tuesday that 75 000 Nigerian children risk dying in "a few months" as hunger grips the country's ravaged northeast in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency, Telegraph reports.

Boko Haram insurgents have laid waste to the impoverished region since taking up arms against the government in 2009, displacing millions and disrupting farming and trade.

President Muhammadu Buhari has reclaimed territory from the Islamists but the insurgency has taken a brutal toll, with over 20 000 people dead, 2.6 million displaced from their homes, and famine taking root.

Buhari last month ordered the police to arrest government officials accused of stealing food aid intended for victims of Boko Haram in the North-east Nigeria according to News24.

Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, disclosed this the president had ordered the Inspector General of police to catch some of the alleged thieves and make public examples of them.

Recall that the Senate had recently launched an investigation into allegations of food aid being stolen and sold by state officials in Borno State, where aid agencies have warned of starvation, malnutrition and dwindling food supplies for the displaced.

The public outcry was sparked in April when photos posted on social media appeared to show food aid on sale in shops. The items had logos of aid agencies, leading many to believe they had been diverted by state officials in camps for the displaced.

- News 24

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