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Borno IDPs cautioned against returning home

18 March 2015, 08:01 Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, warned refugees from returning to their homes as the atmosphere was not yet conducive.

The governor said some of the villages and suburbs of the liberated towns ere still infested with the insurgents.

Sending the internally displaced persons back to their homes without total cleansing of all vestiges of insurgency was dangerous, he said.

“It will be callous and irresponsible to hurriedly return internally displaced persons to their liberated communities to vote,” Shettima said.

He explained that his government chose not to support the speedy dispatch the IDPs to their recently liberated homelands on the ground of safety and environmental health hazards.

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He insisted that a lot of destroyed houses, hospitals, schools, farms and other infrastructure needed to be fixed before citizens are made to return.  

“I think it will be irresponsible on our part as a government to hurry return our citizens back to liberated communities now mainly to go and vote because that will be very callous.

"We have pockets of insurgents in some villages we have had attacks that are very recent on some routes.  We all know that these liberated communities are still not fully safe and habitable,” the governor said

The governor added that the military had recaptured lost territories but some insurgents fled to villages and were still posing problems.

He cited such areas as Gamboru, Baga, Monguno, Malamfatori, Kala-Balge and Mafa.

"What about the issue of landmines possibly planted there that everyone knows the military has been contending with?” he quipped.

- CAJ News


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