WFP suspends food distribution to IDPs in Borno

The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended food distribution at Gubio Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri, following violent attack on humanitarian workers by the displaced persons.

Mr Adedeji Ademigbuji, the WFP’s Communication officer announced the suspension in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Ademigbuji said the suspension was as a result of deteriorating security situation at the camp.

“Unidentified men attacked staff of the International Medical Corps (IMC), at Gubio IDP camp in Maiduguri. IMC is a client to WFP.

“IMC staffs were at the camp for routine food distribution exercise. A staff of IMC and two IDPs were wounded while five vehicles were vandalized in the attack.

“The IDPs were said to be protesting against distribution of sorghum and demanded that rice should be provided to them.

“All activities in the camp have been suspended until safety of humanitarian workers is guaranteed,” he said.

According to the communication officer, the security forces have arrested six suspects in connection with the attack.

Alhaji Satomi Ahmad, the Chairman, of the  State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) described the incident as ‘unfortunate’ adding that the suspension was a temporary measure, to enable the agency  come up with effective security arrangements.

He said that the agency had met with relevant stakeholders to fashion out ways to guard against the re-occurrence of the incident.

“We are working to ensure that the suspension end within the next 48 hours. Other organisations have continued with humanitarian services in the affected camp”.


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