IDPs protest alleged diversion of relief items in Benue

Internally Displaced Persons at the International Market Camp, Makurdi, on Tuesday protested alleged diversion of relief materials by camp officials.

The protest reportedly started when a truck, 2 Hilux vans, a bus and a saloon car loaded with relief materials from the camp warehouse, were about to drive out of the camp.

The protesters blocked the camp entrance to prevent the vehicles from moving out with the materials.

A cross section of the IDPs, who spoke with the NAN said that they were not given any food items “for the past three days”.

James Tarkende, an IDP, told the NAN that the IDPs had been left without food while the materials were being loaded to unknown destinations.

“When Gov Samuel Ortom and the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, visited us, they told us that nobody should divert materials out of the camp that is why we are protesting.

“In this camp, only a few people sleep on mattresses, but we are not complaining. We are suffering, but because of the situation at hand, we understand with the government. But the camp officials have gone too far this time.

“This is not the first time they are doing this; most times, they do it in the night.”

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