NEMA denies prostitution reports in IDP camps

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday denied reports that female Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in North East camps engage in prostitution for survival.

The Network of Civil Society Organisations and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima had earlier claimed that female IDPs prostitute in exchange for food.

Chairman of the CSOs, Ahmed Shehu, also said 60 per cent of the female IDPs were being raped.

But North-East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mohammed Kanar said the report was not true.

He said he had heard of some female IDPs involving in prostitution, but the agency has never recorded any in camps.

He also said the IDPs were being provided with enough food, stating that feeding could not have led them into prostitution.

Kanar said, “I have heard that some women usually sneak out of the camps to engage in prostitution, but we have yet to apprehend anyone involved in the act.”

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