People queue for food in Bama, Nigeria, on December 8, 2016 queue for food at a distribution point

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Thousands and thousands of displaced individuals depend on meals assist in Nigeria

As much as half the meals assist meant for individuals who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly been diverted, the federal government says.

It described it as a “diversion of aid supplies”, which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft.

A press release from the performing president’s workplace added that safety was being beefed as much as shield the deliveries.

Because of an Islamist militant insurgency some eight.5 million Nigerians within the north-east need life-saving aid.

Final week, Nigeria apologised to Saudi Arabia after 200 tonnes of dates the dominion despatched as a Ramadan reward had been discovered on sale in native markets.

Poor rains have exacerbated an issue brought on by preventing with Boko Haram militants, which has compelled a whole lot of hundreds of individuals to flee their properties.

The assertion from performing President Yemi Osinbajo mentioned assist going lacking had “dogged meals supply” after which cited studies saying that greater than 50 lorries out of each 100 despatched to the north-east by no means attain their vacation spot.

It doesn’t say what has occurred to the diverted meals, however in Could two Nigerian officers had been jailed for selling food aid.

Mr Osinbajo mentioned that the most recent consignment of assist which is making its method to the north-east is being shield by greater than a thousand troopers.