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Women Affairs Minister Slumps At IDP Camp
There was panic at an Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Fufore local government area of Adamawa State, after the minister for Women Affairs, Aisha Hassan, slumped while on a visit to the camp.
The minister was on a two-day official visit to Adamawa State and had visited the IDP camp to present relief materials to the people there.
Shortly after presenting the items and addressing the displaced persons, she went into a big hall which serves as the store where relief materials were kept to inspect the items as well as have an audience with some of the women when she suddenly slumped.
The minister’s security aides reportedly engaged journalists preventing them from taking pictures of the incident.
One of them ordered newsmen out of the store and reportedly smashed recorders of some reporters.
Immediately the minister came to, her entourage left the IDP camp saying that she needed to rest.
Earlier in her address, the minister said her visit was on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari who had ordered an investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse and rape in IDP camps in the Northeast.
“President Muhammadu Buhari sent me to you people as he is highly worried about your continued staying in IDPS camps and has given you every assurance that you will soon return to your kith and kin,” she was quoted as saying.
Al-Hassan assured the IDPs that the present government is working hard to ensure that they returned to their ancestral homes soonest.
The women affairs minister had earlier visited the Adamawa state Governor, Mohammed Bindow where she urged the governor to return the Women Development Centre, which is presently occupied by the Appeal Court, to the real owners.
The governor promised to address the issue while also pouring encomiums on President Buhari for his zeal in rebuilding the Northeast and improving the living standard of women in the state.