MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – In an effort to curb rampant cases of dubious citizens posing as Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in camps, the Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, stormed one of the camps at Mohammed Goni College of Islamic Legal Studies in Maiduguri, on Saturday midnight where 650 fake IDPs were caught.
The Governor immediately he arrived the College where IDPs from Abadam Local Government Area of the state are being camped sealed the entrance and supervised a headcount to identify actual IDPs.
These fake IDPs spent their day times at camps to share food meant for actual IDPs, and at night returned to their homes to sleep, with some of them benefiting from other means through which the State distributes food to vulnerable non IDPs in communities.
Zulum’s mission which ended past 1a.m, discovered that out of 1,000 households in the record of humanitarian officials, 650 households were fake.
450 households were found to be real IDPs after the midnight headcount conducted by the governor alongside an official of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Air Commodore M. T. Abdullahi; Commissioner for Agriculture, and Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs.
According to humanitarian system, a household normally consist of at least six persons who are either related through families, or chosen to stay together for the purpose of receiving household aids.
Officials who were part of the midnight headcount disclosed that the Governor was not averse to approval of support for any citizen who may be vulnerably in need of food since there is a committee doing that.
They however said the governor is vehemently opposed to some citizens making dubious claims in order to take what is meant for actual IDPs while also benefiting from other existing welfare activities targeted at non IDPs.