Abuja - The number of internally displaced people in Borno State has soared to more than 140 000 as residents flee rising terror.
The numbers have steadily increased as residents of Damboa town have fled the area after terrorists suspected to be members of Boko Haram attacked the town last Friday night.
The residents were seen fleeing to Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno State for fear of being caught in expected reprisal attacks on the town by the insurgents.
The new influx has added to the already list of thousands of refugees housed in various camps run by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Maiduguri.
There are apparently over 140,000 internally displaced persons from previous attacks camped at different facilities in the state.
Some of the fleeing residents of the town who fled to Maiduguri told journalists that the insurgents were known to always come back to attack mightily the towns were they suffered initial heavy casualties.
“We believe that they will soon come back to Damboa and we do not want to be caught in the crossfire so we have to seek refuge in Maiduguri. I was told by my brother in Maiduguri to leave Damboa at least for now and I just have to come with my family so that we will not fall victims during the next attack,” one of the fleeing residents said.
He said there was a heavy military presence in the town and that it may be difficult for the insurgents to attack now without suffering heavy casualties.
However, some residents still live in fear.
Speaking to journalists the spokesman of the Northeastern zonal office of NEMA, Abdul Kadir Ibrahim, said there were adequate provisions in place in Maiduguri to accommodate the IDPs from Damboa.
"This is not the first time people displaced by the insurgents from their abode are trooping into the town. We have camps at the NYSC orientation camp and other part of the town for those that may be displaced," he said.
- CAJ News