Abuja - The Borno State Government has
alleged some politicians in the opposition masterminded the protest by
internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in the state on Thursday.
The state deputy governor, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, made the
allegation after dousing the tensions sparked by the angry IDPs.
It was reported acute hunger and apparent neglect by
government officials triggered the protests, with women and children, leading
The IDPs barricaded the city's main entry point, causing
a gridlock along the Kano-Maiduguri highway.
Durkwa said the government was not ruling out involvement
of opposition politicians, thought to be of the People’s Democratic Party, in
Durkwa reported the first woman among the protesters she
spoke to was not living in an IDPs camp.
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“She is from Maduganari (a neighbourhood) and likewise
the first youth I invited and the IDPs are Marte people. This means some people
may be instigating them.”
Some of the protesters who spoke to journalists alleged
foods had been in short supply as food meant for them were diverted by
They called for the removal of the central feeding
“We’re hungry and we don’t want any feeding committee
again because they aren’t giving us quality food. Give us our foods
directly," they shouted.
Durkwa announced the immediate suspension of the
committee and introduction of household feeding.
He said each family would now receive foodstuffs from the
Durkwa said the state government had already
moved trucks of food to the camp to kick off the household feeding.
- CAJ News