Group raises alarm over alleged diversion of relief materials for IDPs


An NGO, Stop Genocide Action Group, has raised alarm over alleged diversion of relief materials meant for victims of Numan ethnic crisis in Adamawa.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the group’s spokesman, Prof. Sali Nana, who raised the alarm in a statement on Saturday, called on the government to carry out an investigation into the matter to alleviate the suffering of the victims.

“Many of these victims are still lying in hospitals with neither the necessary attention from relevant authorities nor means of proper treatment.

“The deplorable condition of the victims and lacklustre attitude of those entrusted to deliver the needed intervention calls for immediate intervention,” he said.

The group which presented a table to buttress its allegations claimed that latest relief materials brought by NEMA and Secretary to the Government of the Federation that was divided among Fulani and Bachama victims, had the share of Fulani victims given to some Fulani representatives who were yet to account fully for the materials given them for the victims.

The group claimed that up to date, out of the 1,200 bags of millet presented to the representatives of Fulani victims, only 160 bags were delivered while they were yet to see the 200 bags of cements, 200 bundles of zinc, and 50 ponds of roofing nails among others meant for the victims.

It also cited another instance where the state government provided N150, 000 per head of cattle lost during one of such incidents, but victims were given only N17,000 per cattle.

“For instance, in an attempt to resolve earlier disputes, the Adamawa government recommended the payment of N150,000 only, per head of cow as compensation to the Fulani community whose cattle were killed or carted away.

“However, this timely humanitarian gesture was scuttled by some individuals assigned to deliver the compensation. They ended up paying only N17,000 per cow to the victims,” the group said.