National Assembly Investigates rights abuses in Internally Displaced Camps

The National Assembly is investigating the alleged human right violations in all the Internally Displaced Person Camps across Nigeria.

This was to ensure care and protection of the Internally Displaced Persons especially the vulnerable women and children.

In a motion unanimously adopted, Mr. Saleh Hassan from Benue State expressed concern that the alleged cases of abuses in IDPs camps was an indication of neglect from those supposed to protect the displaced people.

The National Emergency Management Agency is mandated to provide emergency reliefs to victims of natural or other disasters and to assist in their rehabilitation, but NEMA and the Refugee Commission which have expanded for IDPs are unable to cope with the level of displacement.

The efforts of government concerning the care and protection of the IDPs is not enough, hence the need for government to do more to protect them, Mr. Sale explained.


In another motion adopted under matters of urgent public importance, the House appealed to the United Nation, Medicine Sans Frontiers and Doctors without Borders to resume work at Rann Internally Displaced Persons camp, in Borno State North East Nigeria.

Sponsor of the motion, Mohammed Nur Sherrif lamented that since last boko haram attack on Rann that left five aid workers and eight officers of the Nigerian Army dead, doctors without borders suspended aid to the area.

The lawmaker expressed concern that Rann where 80 thousand IDPs primarily depend on emergency food aid and medical care are now under threat of hunger and diseases following the suspension of food aid and supply of medicine in the area.

The suspension will lead to starvation, disease outbreak and trauma.

Security for Aid Workers

The House also called on the Nigerian government to provide adequate security for aid workers, Non-Governmental Organisations and Internally Displaced Persons’ camps across the North East region.

The lawmakers also urged the National Commission of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons and National Emergency Management Agency NEMA to provide relief materials to internally Displaced persons in Rann.

Source: Voice of Nigeria