Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday flew to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital
flagged off the Aso Rock food distribution programme.
This is coming less than 24 hours, suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked towns in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
The Nigerian Police in Maiduguri on Thursday confirmed that 17 persons died while 24 others injured when Boko Haram insurgents launched a coordinated attack on Maiduguri.
The Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, told journalists in a press briefing that three Boko Haram suicide bombers were shot dead as security personnel battled to repel the attack.
Til now, No official statement from the Presidency on the latest attack that claimed lives of 17 persons in the state.
The programme is new initiative of the Federal Government that aims to distribute food to 1.8m persons affected by insurgency in the North East.
According to a statement from the Presidency, the distribution will be carried out on behalf of the Federal Government by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in partnership with State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) and International Humanitarian Agencies.
“The total amount of food to be distributed in the first phase being flagged off by Acting President Osinbajo on June 8, 2017 is 30,000 metric tonnes — comprising Maize, Sorghum and Soyabeans, grown locally by Nigerian farmers and purchased from Nigerian companies.
“The Federal Government is believed to buy the grain to be distributed from local farmers and suppliers. The grains will be sourced from Ibadan, Funtua, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe and will be conveyed — mainly by road— to IDPs (in camps and host communities) in Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, Bauchi and Gombe”.