Boko Haram: NEMA Confirms Return Of 5,403 IDPs To Their Homes

Boko Haram: NEMA Confirms Return Of 5,403 IDPs To Their Homes

By Abdul Jummai | Politics Reporter on September 23, 2016
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IDPs, Borno
People displaced from their homes and communities, following attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram, wait at an internally-displaced persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri in Borno State, on August 3, 2015. | AFP/Stringer

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed the return of 5403 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to the home after their stay in camps.

“The returnees include 1517 in Mafa, 750 in Konduga, 1200 in Ngamboru and about 1,936 are due to return to Dikwa,” an e-mailed statement by Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the spokesperson of NEMA for North East, said on Friday, September 23, 2016.

“This is coming at a period governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima and a team of NEMA North East zonal staff led by Zonal coordinator Alh Muhammed Kanar spent the night in Bama in order to fast track the reconstruction of homes and other structures to facilitate the return of residents displaced by insurgency.

“The team delivered food items on behalf of the director general of NEMA Muhammed Sani Sidi. The zonal coordinator also promised to provide building materials in line with the needs assessment conducted by NEMA and Borno State Emergency Management Agency, BOSEMA.” the statement ended.

The management of relief to Nigerians in IDP camps has been plagued with inefficiencies brought about by widespread corruption and theft of relief materials. There’s been reported widespread malnutrition and neglect of IDPs in the country.

A few weeks ago, 40 fake aide organisations defrauding Nigerians and governments were discovered operating in the North East region of the country.

World aide organisations estimate that 2 – 3 million Nigerians have been displaced by the fighting started by Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram.

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