Revolt in Kogi flood refugee camp

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From EMMANUEL ADEYEMI Lokoja

Hundreds of flood victims in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital yesterday stormed the streets, accusing the state government of abandoning them for over one week in spite of huge funds and materials collected on their behalf. The protesters some of who wore gloomy faces   with some in tattered  dresses while a number of them were seen clutching their babies alleged that government officials have diverted some of the food items meant for them into private use.

One of the protesters, a middle aged woman who identified herself as Hassan Mohammed strapping a six month old baby to her back and holding three other of her children narrated in tears their trauma at the camp sites. “ Na one loaf of bread dem dey serve a family of about six every morning while  in some cases dem go give us a satchet of indomie. Na so so big money we dey hear say they donate but nothing dey come to us, we are dying”, she narrated in pidgin English. The federal government had in the wake of the flood disaster made some donations to all the states affected with Kogi State receiving over N500 million.

The Dangote foundation also donated over N430 million including truck loads of rice while Jide Omokore, a business mogul also donated N50 million and a former governorship aspirant donating N10 million with truck loads of other relief materials. This is aside other numerous donations from corporate bodies, individuals and international donors But the protesters alleged  poor handling of the relief materials and the diversion of the funds meant for them The victims who are from St. Luke Primary School Adankolo camp came out as early as 8.00 am chanting war songs with variuos anti government placards The Spokesman of the Flood Victims, Aaron Haruna alleged that  the Camp leader in connivance with other government officials  diverted materials donated by the public spirited individuals and corporate bodies leaving them hungry

He also alleged that for the past one week they have  been sleeping with empty stomachs , stressing that all the bedding materials donated have not been distributed to them. They also stated that the state government should give them the money donated to enable them to relocate to another place , stressing that they were tired of staying in the camp. “Food items, cooking utensils, stoves, mattresses even drugs have been diverted as soon as they were brought in to the camp “The other day soldiers brought 40 bags of rice to be shared to us but some government officials stole them and up till now we have not seen the trace of the rice again”,he stressed. As part of efforts to ensure that the  protest was not hijacked by the hoodlums, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Zannah Ibrahim and other police officers led the protesters to Government House. While persuading the victims to be peaceful, the state police Commissioner,

Alhaji Mohammed Musa Kastina stated that the protesters should conduct themselves in a manner which will not degenerate into breach of peace in the state. Katsina appealed to the protesters to be calm and cooperate with the state government over the issue, stating that the government was working round the clock to ensure that the victims get what belong to them. In his reaction  the Deputy Governor,

Yomi Awoniyi stated that it was not true that the flood victims have been abandoned saying government was trying its best He explained that the state government was not in haste to share money realized from the flood disaster saying that the state government has already set up a committee to go round all the affected nine local government areas of the state to assess the extent of damages on the property of the affected victims.                                  Awoniyi stressed that the protest was as a result of  misinformation and rumour going round the town  The Deputy governor also told newsmen that most of the victims have been selling the food items given to them in the markets, arguing that it was unfair for them to accuse the camp officers of not giving them food again.

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  2. People wonder y every disa ster is a blessing to this our leaders .is their no conscience in this our beloved country why is it that money meant for displaced people can’t get to them .Mr gov’nor people are watching and waiting .

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  4. THAT IS NIGERIA FOR YOU, WHEN SOUTH EAST SAW ALL THIS THAT IS HAPPENING NOW WE TOLD THEM TO STILL TIGHT WITH NIGERIA OOOH IGBO PEOPLE REALLY SAW TOMORROW, AM NOT FROM IGBO BUT I REALLY SEEING WHAT THEY SAW THAT MADE THEM TRYING TO OWN THEIR OWN STATE, NIGERIA IS A FAILED STATE AND THE HORROR WE SAW TODAY IS WHAT IGBOS SAW MANY YEARS AGO AND TRYING TO AVOID FROM IT, BUT NIGERIA ARMY AND BRITISH ARMY COULDNT LET THEM GO, OOOOH NIGERIA A FAILED STATE, NIGERIA WILL CRASH WATCH IT, JUST WATCH IT DEAR I KNOW IT AND IGBO SAW IT MANY YEARS AGO, I LOVE IGBO’S ALTHOUGH AM NOT FROM IBO BUT THEY HAVE BRAIN AND SAW TOMORROW, NIGERIA HAVE ALREADY FAILED THE NORTH AND YERUBAS YOU SEE NOW YERUBA IS ASKING FOR ODUDUWA REPUBLIC THAT IS WHAT AWOLOWO COULD HAVE GIVE THEM IF HE LISTENED TO OJUKWU, HAUSA IS NOW ASKING FOR ARIWA REPUBLIC THEY WILL PERISH IN BOKO HARAM, IBOS ARE LONG AGO ASKING FOR BIAFRAN REPUBLIC, WE MIDDLE BET WILL HAVE THE NIGERIA OOH NIGERIA IS A FAILED STATE

    • My voice, you are missing the point here, even the so south east now can not manage their resources, both human and capital……….can’t you see the situation in aba and other eastern state, the deplorable rate of the cities, it is an eye’s sore……we need to forget the past and look into the future and also use the past to mode and guide our future…..

  5. Seat & wait for the governor to come & feed u.may be bath u too. The poor don’t even help themself.how can a woman who is not doing anything to assist her husband produce six to eight children??? How do u intend to train them?? They keep recycling poverty,prostitues & indian helm smokers everywhere & yet 2morow u blame government for ur misfortunes. Poverty is a chioce; pray & work ur way out of it while u are young & healthy. May God help nigerians.

  6. The aftermath of donations via state government usually ends this way. Some of our leader have lost their conscience. They should put themselves in those pples shoes and evaluate.

  7. Flood victims: Many have lost their houses to the flood and cost of renting houses has become worst in Kogi during the flood. To bring succor, donors have donated funds to provide alternative shelter for them. Yet the government is not yet through with their plans to provide solutions and the money is still intact. For how long??? There is no clear indications that lands are being cleared for the building project. If people do not speak out they may never see the changes we hope to see in our nation. If some people in this nation has closed their mouth Nigeria would have become worse than it is now.

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  9. We have heartless leaders in this country and very soon, God will wipe them away with sickness that even the German Hospital they go to will never save them. How can you divert items meant to save people lives and you think you will have peace of mind?

  10. Who is sayin d truth? D deputy gov or d displaced? Hw much food were dey given dat dey cud sell in d mkt? Hmmm,bad leadership in nig.

  11. Leadership at its best in Kogi state. chief Sunday Awoniyi, The deputy governors father has been a top oppressor before he died. His son was born with a golden shovel in his mouth. Am not surprised that he is talking the way he did. Setting up committees to evaluate the destroyed communities. Is he expecting to relocate their dead bodies to the refurbished communities first before giving them food? Is it not to give them food first? Why did he not address the issue of one loaf of bread or satchet of indomie to one family? Corruption is truly standing on it head in Nigeria.

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