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.