No Child Abuse, Trafficking in North-East IDP Camps, Says NEMA

No Child Abuse, Trafficking in North-East IDP Camps, Says NEMA

By Daji Sani in Yola.

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) coordinator in North-East, Alhaji Sa’ad Bello, has refuted a media reports that some camps of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are engaged in child abuse and trafficking,

Bello told journalists in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, on Friday that there has not been any reported case of child abuse nor child trafficking in its camps, contrary to a media report that such cases are rampant in the North-East camps of the agency.

The coordinator who is in charge of camps in Adamawa State  explained that his reaction was necessary because the report did not specify which of the six states in the northeast that had perpetrated the child abuse and child trafficking.

“Those of us here in Adamawa have not had any case of child abuse nor child trafficking. However,we will not speak for other decamps ,but in Adamawa there is no reported case of child abuse” he said

Bello also noted that the headquarters of NEMA has set up a committee to unravel the said report and expressed the hope that justice would be done to the allegation.

He revealed that the minors in the camps were under the firm watch of  parents and guardians while the security agents having been keeping close monitoring of movements of persons as well as vehicular movements .

Therefore  he said it is difficult for such crime thrive in the IDPs camps because the IDPs are under tight security day and night.

According to him,it was unfair for the media to make a blanket statement other than being specific,as to the camps officers and state in the northeast in which NEMA officers perpetrated or aided and abetted the acts of child abuse or child trafficking.

While appreciating the contributions of the media in projecting the activities of NEMA, Bello however took exception to blanket media reports tending to dent the image of the agency by not having credible news sources.

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