Nigeria is to reintegrate 15,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) streaming back from Cameroon and the Central African Republic where they fled after being forced out of their homes in Adamawa state in the embattled northeast by Boko Haram insurgents.
The director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, announced this when briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Adamawa state capital Yola on Friday.
The repatriation comes after the Nigerian refugees were expelled from Cameroon and the Central African Republic. “So far, 15,754 Nigerians have been received and about 10,000 are expected at the Sa’uda border in Mubi local government area of Adamawa”, Alhaji Sani-Sidi said.
He said a transit camp had been established in Mubi to receive the returnees for screening by security agencies.
The returnees will thereafter be relocated to NEMA-designated camps in Fufore local government area of Adamawa.
Most of the returnees, according to the NEMA boss, were indigenes of Borno state.
President Buhari was in the northeast on morale-boosting visit to troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.. He took the opportunity to visit the Malkohi IDP camp in Yola.
He also decorated several injured soldiers for their valiant fight against Boko Haram.
The president has given the military a December deadline to eradicate the Boko Haram menace.
“From what I have seen today, I believe that the Boko Haram are very close to defeat and I urge you to quickly clear the remnants of these criminals from wherever they may still be hiding,” President Buhari said.
The president, who spoke in Hausa, said the government was determined more than ever before to end the Boko Haram menace.
Adamawa state governor Umaru Jibrilla said his state was expecting an additional 10,000 IDPs from Central Africa Republic in three days’ time.”
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW