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Senator Florence Ita-Giwa , former presidential adviser to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, an ex-president, has asked the government of Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence a probe into how relief materials have been distributed to internally displaced persons across the country. 
Ita-Giwa’s call is contianed in a petition to the Department of State Service (DSS) and the Nigeria Police. The Punch reports that Ita-Giwa asked for this probe after relief materials worth millions of naira were found in the home of a politician in Calabar, Cross River state. 
According to the report, the National Refugee Commission had in April 2017 given 268 bags of cement, 400 bundles of roofing sheets, over 800 assorted woods, 95 bags of rice, 50 bags of beans, 70 bags of 50kg garri, dr*gs and other materials to Bakassi refugees to ease their pain caused by a fire outbreak. 
We learnt that the items were handed to the Cross River state Emergency Management Agency for distribution to the affected refugees. 
The materials did not however get to the victims. Instead, they found their way to the homes of individuals who started selling them. 
“This incident is an eye opener and I believe it has been happening for a long time. 
“With this discovery now, I am calling on the federal government to investigate the mode of distribution of relief materials to IDPs all over the nation, not just Cross River state. 

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“Because maybe most of those things they claim they have been sending to those people end up in the markets. This is an example. 
“Government would be wasting money, thinking that they are rehabilitating people, thinking they are intervening, whereas those things are not getting to the people. So they must be investigated,” she said in the petition. 
The former senator also urged Governor Ben Ayade to immediately work on the problem of distribution of the relief materials to the refugees since the issue has now become an embarrassment to the state. 
She said: “I would be very shocked if the governor of this state, who has been crying for Bakassi people, and I want to believe that those tears are real tears if he does not act immediately on this report, because it is an embarrassment for a man that preaches sympathy for the underprivileged. 
“A man that says that from his own background, he knows how it feels like to be trampled upon. He has openly been shedding tears for Bakassi. 
“So, I would be very surprised if the governor does not do something urgently for a people, whose relief materials were sold in the market.” 
Ita-Giwa also pleaded for a proper resettlement of the people of Bakassi at Dayspring Island where the incident occurred especially as it would be an exercise in futility to revisit the judgment of the International Court of Justice which ceded Bakassi to Cameroun.

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