Burden Of Feeding Over 500,000 IDPs Getting Unbearable – Borno Govt.

BornoThe Borno State Government says that more than $20million would be needed to resettle those displaced by the Boko Haram violence in their homelands.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, told a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, led by its President, Mr. Peter Maurer, in Maiduguri, that the state government needs the assistance of the federal government and international donor agencies to rehabilitate the internally displaced persons.

The Governor lamented that since the displacement of many residents from their communities by the Boko Haram militants, the state government had shouldered the responsibility of feeding the IDPs through the State Emergency Management Agency.

He admitted, however, that military troops had liberated most of the communities under the control of Boko Haram in the state.

He added that the government and the IDPs found it difficult to go back to their homes and go about their normal lives due to security reports that most of the roads and streets, leading to the affected communities and their farmlands, were not safe as Improvised Explosive Devices and land mines were planted by the fleeing terrorists.

The President of the ICRC, Mr Maurer said that they came to the state to personally see the IDPs and hear from them, particularly of their conditions.

He said this might inform the action of the organisation to considerably increase its humanitarian gestures as a result of the renewed attacks and killings by the sect.

Borno Government Relaxes Curfew From 12Noon To 5PM

CurfewThe government in Borno State has relaxed the curfew in the state from 12noon to 5pm.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri reports that the 12noon to 5pm curfew may be to pave way for the jumaat prayers.

There was an attack on Kayamla village on Wednesday. The attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

The attack by the insurgents and subsequent bombardment by the military had resulted to an earlier 24 hour curfew declaration.

Meanwhile as the curfew enters its day two, villagers of Bale-Galtimari and Bale-Shuwari have reported the killing of 28 locals during an attack in their areas on Wednesday evening.

They said insurgents attacked their villages, burnt houses and rustled large number of cows.

According to them it was after the invasion of these villages that the insurgents moved towards the cashew farm near Kayamla where they were engaged by military forces.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

The Boko Haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast.

Boko Haram: Army Imposes Curfew On Maiduguri

Boko HaramThe Army has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Nigeria’s north east region, after Wednesday’s attack on Kayamla village.

Before now the curfew was 7pm to 6am.

Some residents told Channels Television that the attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunor, said that sounds of heavy gunshot were heard from the direction of the barracks on Wednesday and residents took to their heels to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

The Boko Haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast.

1, 200 Repatriated Borno Indigenes Arrive Maiduguri

internally displaced persons IDPs in NigeriaAt least 1,200 indigenes of Borno repatriated from Niger Republic arrived the state on Tuesday and were received by the Borno State Emergency Management Agency.

The deportees are among the over 6,000 sent parking from Niger after the attack of two of the country’s island by Boko Haram, as a fallout of ongoing military operations in Sambisa Forest, dislodging the bandits from their enclave.

They have found temporary shelter in a new camp established by the state government bringing the number of camps established for Internally Displaced Persons to 21.

Most of the deportees had abandoned their hometowns and migrated to neighbouring Niger Republic following attacks by the Boko Haram group.

20 local governments in the state were sacked by the insurgents and the inhabitants now live in makeshift camps in the capital city.

Speaking to Channels Television, heavily pregnant 15 year-old Aisha Abubakar, went into forced labour after many hours of trekking.

“Karanga town was attacked, and we are neighbours and probably their next target. Even the soldiers deployed to our area withdrew so we had to escape. We travelled on foot for two days”, she said.

Recounting his ordeal, Njidda Aminu said “they (Boko Haram) burnt our houses in Baga and sacked everyone so we escaped to Niger. We started farming to support our families until recently when the Nigerien government asked us to leave.”

Hauwa Garba, however, claimed to be in contact with her relatives living in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps spread across the capital city and remains hopeful of a re-union.

“We were terrified when we heard about boko haram attacks around us so we trekked for days until we got to Gaidam in Yobe State, a lot of people died on the way as we came out due to hunger and thirst. Some of my family members who escaped from Baga are in Maiduguri but I am yet to meet them”, she said

The Chairman of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Grema Terab, said the state government is not ruling out the possibility of collapsing the new camp into the 20 already in existence when verification exercises are concluded.

Mr Grema, adds that more people are still expected as the Nigerien government continues to repatriate more people.

“The 2,400 are not the only people we are expecting back in Borno from Niger and provisions have been made to get them housed in one of the 400 Housing Estate along Gubio Road.

“Some of them, though Nigerians, were born in Niger and have never been to Nigeria. We have to keep them in a camp for now, console them and treat those that are traumatised with the intention of allowing them to mix with other Nigerians in not too distant a time.

“We are equally looking at the possibility of assisting them to start a new life in the country by given them economic assistance”, he said.

Mr Terab also called for assistance from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Government.

Borno Government Sets Up 21st IDP Camp

internally displaced persons IDPs in NigeriaThe Borno State Government has established a camp for the indigenes of the state recently repatriated from neighbouring Niger Republic.

The establishment of a special camp for the repatriated indigenes, who are among the over 6,000 deported from Niger Republic after the attack on two of the country’s islands by the Boko Haram sect, takes the number of camps established for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to 21 in the state.

Speaking to journalists while receiving the first batch of 1,200 deportees at Njimtilo, at the entrance to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Grema Terab, said the state government decided to establish a new camp for them because of their special case.

Mr Grema, who said that another set of 17 mass transit buses had been sent to Geidam to convey the second batch of 1,200 people, adds that more people are still expected as the Nigerien government continues to repatriate more people.
“The 2,400 are not the only people we are expecting back in Borno from Niger and provisions have been made to get them housed in one of the 400 Housing Estate along Gubio Road.

“Some of them, though Nigerians, were born in Niger and have never been to Nigeria. We have to keep them in a camp for now, console them and treat those that are traumatised with the intention of allowing them to mix with other Nigerians in not too distant a time.

“We are equally looking at the possibility of assisting them to start a new life in the country by given them economic assistance.”
He said the state government was not ruling out collapsing the new camp into the 20 already in existence after few months.

“When we are sure the local government of the deportees, we will allow them to mix with their people in the other local governments. We will also involve them in the larger programme of rehabilitation of the victims of the insurgency,” he said.