The internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Durumi camp, Abuja, have urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the federal government to come to their aid amid the recent demolition of the camp.
The chairman, Durumi Camp, Malam Ibrahim Ahmadu, made the call on Monday in Abuja, during the presentation of livelihood items and cash to 70 households among the worst hit by the Action Aid Nigeria (AAN).
The FCTA on December 21 demolished the Durumi IDPs camp over alleged insecurity scare and infiltration by suspected insurgents.
Over 300 households with 65 per cent being women and children were affected by the demolition.
Ahmadu said that it was important for the UNHCR, federal government, Borno State government and others to come to their aid.
He also urged the FCDA to discontinue the demolition exercise, arguing that the camp did not harbour criminals as alleged.
“The camp authorities alongside security agencies apprehended 17 Boko Haram members, recovered two AK47 rifles and locally made guns in the camp as we don’t harbour criminals,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi, said the demolition took place without warning to the IDP camp residents or option of relocation to another location.
“Women and children currently sleep in open spaces, some with mats or blankets and others without. Starvation and hunger now prevail due to the loss of their saved foodstuffs, and cooking utensils because of the unplanned demolition,” Obi said.