Thursday 10 September 2015

Nigeria Receives Another 650 IDPs from Cameroon, Over 800 Evacuated To Borno

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday disclosed in Fufore, Adamawa State, that it had received another 650 Nigerians sent back home from Cameroun Republic.

The agency’s camps coordinator, Sa’ad Bello, said the repatriated Nigerians were mostly women and children.

“So far, we have received over 9,000 Nigerians who escaped Boko Haram attacks to Cameroun Republic. The repatriated Nigerians were mostly women and children from Borno,” Bello told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said the agency has settled the IDPs in four major camps in the state. The camps include the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps camp at Bajabure in Girei Council Area and Malkohi IDPs Camp in Yola South Council Area.

Others are Fufore Camp in Fufore Local Government and Saint Theresa Catholic Camp in Yola North Area.
The camps coordinator said the new IDPs were undergoing intensive security and health screening.

He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to collaborate with the agency in assisting the IDPs.

He said there was no reported loss of life, adding that some of the IDPs had minor ailments that were treated by the agency’s clinics.
He said the agency was still expecting more IDPs from Cameroun but did not specify the number.
Meanwhile, the Borno State Government in collaboration with NEMA  has evacuated over 800 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)  from Malkoihi IDPs camp in Adamawa State to Borno State.

The leader of the delegation from the Borno State Government, Mr. Kullima Kachalla, disclosed this yesterday in Yola, saying that most of the IDPs being evacuated were mostly Borno indigenes but were deported by the Camerounian authorities to Nigeria earlier last month and camped in Adamawa State.
He said the Borno government found it expedient to evacuate them back to their state of origin so as give them a sense of belonging.

Kachalla explained that plans had been on ground before the death of the former Deputy Governor of the state to evacuate the IDPs to the state earlier than now.

He said there were I8 IDP camps in the state  presently, adding that preparations were on top gear to create new IDP camps  to  accommodate the large number of IDPs returning to the state.

Also speaking, the state coordinator of NEMA, Saad Bello, said there were plans between his organisation and Borno government to evacuate the 12,000 IDPs deported to Nigeria by the Camerounian authorities who were mostly Borno indigenes but camped in Adamawa State back to their state of origin.

ThisDay Newspaper

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