•85% fund needed for North East intervention not raised, laments UNHCR•
Boko Haram continued their reign of terror as they killed no fewer than eight persons in a siege on an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp and four communities outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The terrorist group attacked the villages, Kofa, Mallumti, Ngomari and Gozari at about 8pm on Wednesday.
The villages are on Bama road and not far away from Sambisa, which was once occupied by the terrorist group.
Confirming the attack to journalists on Thursday, the North East Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Bashir Garga, in a press release said: “ Six people from Kofa village were killed as a result of suspected Boko Haram terrorists that attacked four villages in outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.”
He said the attack occurred on Wednesday at about 8.00 pm, explaining that the attack was launched by the terrorist group on Kofa, Mallumti, Ngomari, Gozari villages, all in the vicinity of Dalori internally displaced persons camp.
Garga said the attack led to many villagers fleeing to the Dalori IDP camp for safety.
He said the terrorists followed them up and killed two IDPs, which increased the number of people killed to eight.
“Many villagers fled to the Dalori IDPs camp which led to an attack on the camp vicinity that claimed the lives of two IDPs making a total of eight people dead.”
Garga revealed that, “the terrorists gained access to the area through a bush path behind the villages and came in four vehicles and some motorcycles. They ransacked the market in front of the IDP camp.”
He said the villagers who ran into the bush for safety have returned back to their homes while the Borno State Fire Service have contained the inferno.
He also said the injured have been treated in the camp clinic, with serious cases evacuated to hospitals in Maiduguri.
The NEMA boss said an assessment team is on site to provide relief assistance to those affected.
Meanwhile, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has lamented that the 85 per cent of funds needed for intervention in the crisis ravaged North East Nigeria in 2018 has not been raised two months to the end of the year.
The United Nations body in it’s September 2015 monthly situation report released to journalists on Wednesday, said out of the US$62.5 million needed for intervention in North East Nigeria, a paltry US$3.3 million was raised, living a large amount of US$59.2 million needed to meet the target.
It lamented that 1.8 million persons have been displaced by the crisis in the North East with190,000 newly-arrived IDPs and refugee returnees since November 2017.
UNHCR said that 5.8 million people are in dire need of protection assistance, with 2.7 millionpeople targeted for protection assistance but1.8 million people reached so far.
It stated that the funding needs of the body until December 2018 is USD 62.5 million, but lamented that the funding gap remainsUS$59.2 million.
Part of it’s achievements, it claimed include: the establishment of two mobile courts in Bakassi and Gubio Road IDP camps, which give access to justice for persons of concern; and since the beginning of the year, more than 250 cases have been heard and determined.
The training of 20 Nigerian immigration officers from Borno state on registering refugee returnees, and working with Nigerian authorities to print and distribute 100,000 national ID cards to IDPs and refugee returnees.
The body revealed that to date, 30,000 IDs have been printed and 2,500 distributed across ten IDP camps in greater Maiduguri.
It also said at the Maiduguri Rehabilitation/Transit Centre, it has provided standard Core Relief Item kits to 214 children formerly associated with Non-State Armed Groups.
It said it has established a safe space in Dikwa local government area of Borno state to provide case management and psychosocial support to vulnerable women and girls, and that it has coordinated the development and submission of the Borno State Return Strategy to the Return Task Force.
It explained that the strategy aims to set minimum conditions for return for a safe, dignified, informed and voluntary return of displaced populations.