By Mustapha Ilo in Maiduguri
At least 3,000 people, mostly women and children, are believed to be trapped without food and other basic necessities in Kala Balge, the Borno State local government liberated from Boko Haram in March by government troops.
According to residents who spoke with journalists, no government officials, including personnel of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, or the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, has come to the town.
The Borno State Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Usman Zannah, Said, however, that the government is aware of the situation and was doing everything to get help to those affected.
“We just received a message that more than 3000 people mostly women and children are stranded after the liberation of Kala-Balge and other surrounding villages, we have started mobilizing people including security operatives, SEMA officials and members of the civilian JTF to deliver relief materials to those victims as soon as possible,” Zannah told journalists.
NEMA also said it is working to ensure that relief materials get to those affected.
“We have received the report that over 3000 IDPs were at some of our satellite camps in Kala-Balge, and we have finished the assessment process, and very soon we will reach out to them,” the agency’s spokesperson, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said.