IDPs’ Relocation: NEMA Conducts Strategy Analysis In Borno

NEMA on Borno IDPsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is conducting a needs assessment tour in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State.

The assessment is coming on the heels of recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army and outcry by the displaced persons insisting on returning to their original localities.

The Director General of NEMA, Mohammed Sidi, made the disclosure on Thursday during a two-day working visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said that Borno State accounted for 90% of the total number of displaced persons in northeast Nigeria.

Mr Sidi explained that the number of displaced persons in Maiduguri has been on the rise with an average of 20 new births recorded in a camp accommodating 12,000 people.

He also stressed that the recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army have changed the face of humanitarian efforts which resulted to rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs.

Sharing their experience on camp, one of the IDPs, Maryam Mohammed, who is a widow said, “The problem is measles, seven out of my nine kids are down with measles right now.

“The truth is sometimes they attend to us and give us drugs when we visit the camp hospital, but other times they are not available.”

Another displaced person, Hamsatu Umar, said, “I need clothes and a sleeping mat with some money. I am old and I feel very sick that is why I need them to attend to me quickly so I can go back to my tent.”

The insurgency victim added that the harsh weather has been responsible for the illnesses in the camp, stressing that she went for some relief materials the previous day but could not get anything.

In furtherance to this, NEMA has called for deployment of medical personnel to IDPs camps within Maiduguri, the host communities and satellite camps in liberated communities with emphasis on children, maternal care and vulnerable persons.

The new satellite camps are located in Dikwa, Mafa, Damboa, Baga, Bama, Gwoza, Askira Uba, Damboa, Beneishek, Gamboru, Mongunu and Konduga.

Landmines Kill 15 In Borno

landminesFifteen persons have been killed by landmines left by suspected terrorists in Nussa village of Askira Uba in northeast Nigeria’s Borno State.

It is not clear if they were civilians or military personnel.

Another three identified as Civilian Joint Task Force members were also killed in neighbouring Chul village in the same local government.

Sources say both incidents happened on Monday night.

Emerging reports also indicate that Boko Haram terrorists over the weekend set ablaze two trucks conveying relief items to returning internally displaced persons in Gamboru Ngala.

The trucks belonging to the International Red Cross were abandoned around Logumane Musini axis, barely 15 kilometers to Gamboru after offloading their contents following a breakdown.

Desperate insurgents hoping to loot items abandoned reportedly set the empty trucks on fire and retreated to their hideouts, sources say.

Gwoza Is Completely Damaged – Council Boss

Gwoza_LGBossThe Vice Chairman of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, Mr Ibrahim Adamu, on Wednesday said the town is “completely damaged” and called for help from the Federal Government.

The Council Boss further noted that the Southern Borno town is “completely damaged”, maintaining that “there is no road, the main bridge we use to go to Adamawa destroyed, houses burnt and people living under trees”.

“From the Emir’s Palace, the Central Mosque to the whole of Gwoza, it will be difficult to find a house, except the one the Amir lives in”, he said.

Mr Adamu noted that no form of repair is going on in the town because no one has gone to assess the damage done.

He maintained that Gwoza is the local government most hit by the Boko Haram insurgents, having endured the assault for over 15 months.

He called on the Federal Government to go and assess the damage and come up with a rebuilding plan so that residents of the town scattered around IDP camps can return home.

Neglected By Representative

He called on the Senator Representing Borno South Senatorial District, Mr Ali Ndume to do more in alleviating the pains of victims of Boko Haram.

“We are waiting for our representative from the National Assembly, especially Sen. Ali Ndume to come and intervene in this matter.

“It is unfortunate that since this incident happened, Sen Ndume has not come to Gwoza to condole the people in Gwoza. Sen Ndume did not go to Gwoza and assess the damage in Gwoza” wondering how others will have concern for them if there representative allegedly doesn’t.

Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, Mr Adamu, expressed worry over the alleged inability of Sen. Ndume, who according to him lives not more than 2 kilometres from an IDP camp in Abuja, to “go there (IDP camp)”.

While listing camps that house IDPs from Borno South Senatorial District and Borno State in general, Mr Adamu noted that “we are expecting the man we voted for to go there (Senate) and represent our interest, but it is unfortunate because it seems we don’t have anybody there”, adding that “people are dying in Gwoza”.

The Council Boss further alleged that Sen. Ndume, instead of showing concern for what is going on with IDPs from his constituency, channels his energy to debates of power, budget and leadership positions in the Red Chamber.

He however commended the efforts of the Borno State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, who “gave them accommodation and feeding for over 15 months”.

Borno South Senatorial District comprises of 9 Local Government Areas namely Chibok, Hawul Gwoza, Kwaya Kusar, Damboa, Biu, Bayo, Shani and Askira Uba.

Insurgents Kill 29 In Borno Village

Boko HaramAt least 29 people are feared dead in Dille village of Askira Uba in Borno State following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

Many villagers have sustained gunshot wounds.

The insurgents reportedly invaded Dille and neighbouring villages at about 1pm on Monday, armed with AK47 rifles and petrol bombs.

Fleeing residents said that the insurgents invaded Dille with sophisticated weapons in a convoy of 5 Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and carried out their attack unchallenged.

Federal lawmaker representing the area, Jubrin Satumari, has confirmed the incident which he blamed on the lack of security presence in the area.

Satumari has made a passionate appeal to the new service chiefs to step up their counter insurgency efforts.

Monday’s attack in Dille village is the third in two weeks, according to the residents.

Military Warplane Opens Fire As Boko Haram Invades Village

boko-haram-2At least 26 people were killed when suspected Islamist Boko Haram militants stormed a village early on Monday, in Askira-Uba Local Government Area in northeast Nigeria and a military warplane opened fire to repel the attackers, local residents and a security source said on Tuesday.

The warplane attacked Boko Haram fighters fleeing in pick-up trucks after raiding Dille, near Lassa in the south of Borno State, for several hours. The attackers shot at inhabitants and burned homes and three churches.

Most of the deaths occurred during the raid but cannon fire from the military jet also killed at least six civilians – four women and two children, residents said.

“The pilot was just spraying bullets anywhere … People were running here and there. Many people were injured from the bullets,” a resident, Suleiman Haruna, said.

Nigeria’s defense headquarters in Abuja did not respond to a request for comment on the incident, but a security source in Borno State confirmed the deployment of the military plane.

The residents and the security source said 20 suspected members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, were killed by local vigilantes who fought back, but this could not be confirmed as witnesses said the raiders carried off their dead in their trucks.

The militants, who attacked Dille, which is not far from the Cameroon border, were believed to have come from Boko Haram’s Sambisa forest stronghold where some of the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok are thought to be held.

 

Gunmen Kill 22 In Daku Village, Borno State

gunmen nigeriaAt least 22 people including traders have been killed after suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked a local market in Daku villiage, in Askira Uba Local government Area of Borno state.

Witnesses say the gunmen set ablaze several shops, houses, vehicles and motorcycles.

Askira Uba is about 190 kilometers from Maiduguri, the state capital and shares boundaries with Biu, Chibok, Gwoza and Hawul council areas that have also witnessed series of deadly attacks and killings.

The attackers, numbering more than 20 invaded the market square on motorcycles and a Hilux Toyota vehicle; opened fire on traders before fleeing towards the Sambisa forest.

This is coming weeks after gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group have killed a first class traditional ruler in Borno State, the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrisss Timta.

Also about fifty-three days after the abduction of Chibok school girls in the state.

Borno state was amongst the states that President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency.