Borno Delivers 84 Tons Of Rice To Dikwa IDPs



TO overcome humanitarian challenges of feeding over 33,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state, the state government has supplied 84 tons of rice to fleeing residents and villagers in Dikwa town.

Addressing a news conference yesterday in Maiduguri at the Musa Usman Secretariat complex, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Usman Zanna said the influx of displaced persons continues to overstretch camp facilities, including the feeding of IDPs in reclaimed Dikwa town.

Dikwa is a border town with Cameroon, and 85 kilometres east of Maiduguri, the state capital.

His words: “The state government also sent a delegation last Wednesday to visit Monguno following the bomb explosion that was masterminded by two female suicide bombers last Sunday, killing 10 people with scores injured people and other residents fleeing to nearest camps in the state.”

He said following the ongoing operation by military under the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in and around Dikwa axis and surrounding communities of Mafa, Marte, Kala Balge Local Council Areas, IDPs are still trooping enmasse to Dikwa camp, which was established by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

He said that already government has released funds to cater for the victims of the insurgency, particularly the displaced people mostly drawn from the affected council areas and now taking refuge in Dikwa.

He added that a team of medical experts has also been dispatched to Dikwa camp to carter for those who are sick and to offer free medical treatment for IDPs who are mostly women and children.

According to him, the military forces and government are doing their best to ensure that peace returns to the affected communities of Dikwa, Gulumba and Banki, a border town with Cameroon

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