Fire Guts Muna IDP Camp In Maiduguri

Muna camp was last year gutted by fire which officials blamed on the ‘dangerous cooking habits’ of the residents.

A fire outbreak has razed at least 500 shelters at the Muna camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, Northeast Nigeria. 

The incident happened barely a year after a similar inferno gutted the camp in May 2020, in an incident that claimed two lives and destroyed the 1,613 households there. The camp was also razed in March 2018. 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed the incident saying that the situation has been contained. 

Sources familiar with the incident said the outbreak occurred around noon even as no clear cause of the fire has been identified. 

A NEMA spokesman, Abdulkadir Ibrahim said “the fire outbreak at Muna garage was brought under control by the Fire Service; more details to be provided after Assessment by NEMA and BOSEMA.”

A source at the camp, Abubakar Garba, told HumAngle that “the incident was not as bad as that of last; we have about 500 houses that were burnt so far.”

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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