The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in Borno State has said that some of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, are now stealing food items in houses in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Commandant of the NSCDC, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri that the command had recorded 10 complaints of food theft by residents of Jidari Polo area in the state capital. According to him, the culprits invaded people houses on Sundays during the time Christian faithful were in the church. He added that some arrests had been made and the suspects were confirmed to be displaced persons.
“What is very surprising is that they do not steal anything apart from food items,” Abdullahi said.
“Anytime we hear of such incidents, we always discover everything to be intact in the houses but the foodstuffs are stolen.
“The culprits are IDPs who are mostly taken refuge in host communities,” he added.