Fighting has reportedly broken out Saturday at the Internally Displaced Persons camp in Kuchigoro, near Games Village in Abuja over the distribution of relief items.
The camp, which is holding hundreds of people displaced from north east states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, was reported to have degenerated into a free for all fight over relief materials.
Residents of the camp were said to have clashed over items donated by a non governmental organisation, a witness said.
In the course of distribution, fighting reportedly broke when some of the inmates overpowered the lady who was making the distribution.
It was gathered representatives of the donor group arrived the camp under police protection to distribute rice, blanket, milk, salt, mattresses, tomatoes, and other items, but had to abandon the materials midway and flee after fighting started.
According to an eyewitness, the team arrived the camp at about 10a.m., but spent hours trying to put the people in order for the distribution to start. The women finally received some of the items in the afternoon.
Men, who were next on line, suddenly overpowered the police and took over everywhere as fighting started, said a witness
It was easy to overpower the security personnel because most of the policemen had left.
“One thing is clear there: the lack of security in that place. How can displaced people be kept in a camp like that in Abuja without security?”
At the time of this report, the camp remained in commotion as people ran for their lives.