Officials of the Nigerian Police Force fired teargas indiscriminately at aggrieved internally displaced persons (IDPs) who took to the streets of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, to protest hardship in the camp.
The protest was led by women and little children from Baga and Kukawa who called for assistance from the public.
Vehicular movement was grounded for hours with the protesters lamenting of not been fed for the last 40 days.
On Bulumkutu highway, the protesters destroyed the senatorial posters of Kashim Shettima, governor of the state, chanting “Bama So”, “Kumaida Mu Baga” (We don’t want, take us back to Baga).
Aisha Malum, one of the protesters, said since they came from Baga, they were kept in the camp without food, noting that only four cups of rice was given to her and her four kids in the last two months.
Malum noted that her husband ran to Cameroon when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Baga town some weeks ago.
“My children usually go out to beg for what we eat. And any day they do not go to beg, we cannot have any food to eat,” she said.
Another protester, Umar Labaran explained more than 500 people were sleeping on the floor under horrific conditions.
“They told us ICRC was coming to give us food but the government told them not to give us food,” he said.
Buka Mala, another protester, said some politician were demanding for their permanent voter cards (PVCs) before letting them into the camp