FG set to evacuate 56, 000 IDPs from Niger Republic

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that it had concluded arrangements to repatriate 56,000 Borno state’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Difa Province of Niger Republic back to Nigeria.
The North-east Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Bashir Garga, disclosed this yesterday during a humanitarian and development coordination forum organised by the agency in Maiduguri.
Garga said the IDPs were those who escaped to Niger Republic for asylum following Boko Haram attacks in the last nine years in Mobbar and Abadam local government areas of the state.
According to him, arrangements have been made with the government of Niger Republic to ensure that they are properly catered for and repatriated back to Nigeria.
“There were serious concerns of insecurity in some of the liberated local government areas.
NEMA is working with the security agencies toward ensuring that the liberated local governments are safe and habitable to the returnees.
“But much still needs to be done.
So, we are urging the humanitarian organisations to give attention to developing the liberated communities.
“This is because some of the IDPs, after going back home, return to where they were because their homes are not habitable.
We need to encourage them and reassure them of their safety all the time,” he said.
In his remarks, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Borno state Command, Ahmed Bello, who gave an update on the security situation, said proactive measures had been put in place for proper protection of the IDPs on their return to Nigeria and their localities.
He added that the police had deployed no fewer than 50 mobile police units to communities liberated by the military from the Boko Haram insurgents to enhance law and orde

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