Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s NOIPolls conducted an assessment survey on IDPs in the North East, and this survey brought to light some appalling revelations.
Due to the living condition of Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPSs) in the North East, according to the survey conducted, about 66 percent of camp officials, 28 percent from host communities and 6 percent of elders are taking advantage of their position and sexually molesting the vulnerable IDPs.
NOIPolls, created in 2007 by the former Vice President of the World Bank, Mrs Iweala is a polling service which in technical partnership with Gallup (USA) develops opinion research in Nigeria. It was created as a platform where the voices and opinions of regular Nigerians can be collated and used to support decision making.
The major aim of the assessment survey was to highlight the controversies surrounding the welfare of IDPs in the North-East and was conducted between July 4th to July 29th, 2016 with a total of 400 contacts attempting the questions. A proper breakdown of the report indicated that 190 respondents were drawn from Borno, 128 in Adamawa and 82 in Yobe state with respondents aged between 18 years and above.
The survey discovered that some of the female IDPs voluntarily offer camp officials sex for food and freedom of movement both within and outside the camps while some others offer themselves for basic sanitary requirements. It also revealed a rise in social vices at the camps like drug abuse, drug consumption, prostitution and petty crime as a result of the general poor welfare and deplorable living conditions.
“There are also rising cases of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) while some IDPs had fallen prey to devious members of host communities who take advantage of their unfortunate situation to force them into early marriages and even kidnap them for child labour”, the report stated.
The Chief Executive Officer of NOIPolls, Dr Bell Ihua confirmed that only 10 to 20 percent of IDPs lived in the camps while the rest stayed in host communities stressing that petty crimes and drug abuse were on the rise at the camps. He also spoke about the rising cases of mortality adding that during the survey, it was discovered that there was a cholera outbreak in the camps.
He requested for an unannounced visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to Maiduguri as a way of boosting the morals of security agencies fighting insurgency in the area even as he advocated for increased funding for the IDPs.