Tuesday 17 October 2017

Nigeria probes new reports of food aid stolen from refugees

Lawmakers in Nigeria are investigating missing food aid for refugees
Lawmakers in Nigeria are investigating missing food aid for refugees

Food aid intended for people who fled terrorist group Boko Haram has been stolen, lawmakers in Nigeria claim.

Hassan Barguma, chair of a committee on refugees in the Adamawa state assembly, said officials and market traders have been accused of selling food donated by Nigeria's customs service.

Sadiq Daware, deputy coordinator of Adamawa's poverty alleviation office, denied the allegations.

Boko Haram's seven-year-old insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Officials are already investigating reports that food aid was stolen in Borno state, the birthplace of Boko Haram, where the United Nations has warned that tens of thousands of children could die from malnutrition.

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