WFP: Boko Haram Did Not Hijack IDP Rice


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has denied media reports alleging that Boko Haram ‘hijacked’ bags of WFP rice en route to an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Damboa, Borno State last week, describing the reports as totally inaccurate.

WFP said in a statement at the weekend that all its food dispatched in Nigeria over the past week arrived safely at its destinations without incident.

“No WFP convoy was on the road to Damboa when the incident allegedly took place. WFP takes every precaution to ensure that all food is delivered safely and intact to hungry people who need it the most. This includes strictly following and complying with all necessary security protocols for dispatching food convoys in high risk areas such as Damboa. WFP would of course condemn any diversion of humanitarian assistance,” the statement added.