The National Emergency Management Agency has commenced distribution of relief materials to fleeing residents of Baga, Maiduguri.
Baga, few days ago, came under the attack of Boko Haram insurgents, leading to residents of the town fleeing to Maiduguri, Monguno in Borno State and neighbouring countries.
It is believed that over 50,000 persons fled the town and neighbouring villages in the Kukawa Local Government Area as military operations to reclaim the area from the insurgents continued.
NEMA had already distributed relief materials to more than 20,000 displaved persons accommodated at Gubio and Teachers Village camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Speaking at the Teachers Village camp during the distribution of the relief materials to the displaced Baga residents, the head of the Special Intervention Team to Borno State, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu and the Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, who represented the Director General of the agency, Mustapha Maihaja, said the intervention became necessary as thousands of people continued to flee into Maiduguri from the troubled spots.
Iyamu, who distributed the relief items directly to the displaced persons, noted that the special intervention was a continuation of the agency’s efforts at alleviating the plight of the victims of insurgency.
He said the process of integrating the IDPs into a monthly feeding scheme had already commenced and assured them of the agency’s continuation of monthly distribution of food items.
The food and other items distributed to the IDPs included rice, beans tomatoes food seasoning and beverages, mattresses, mosquito nets, buckets, blankets, clothes, nylon mats and toiletries .