Yola - The Borno government has commenced the evacuation of more than 2 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge at the NYSC camp in Damare village, near Yola due to insurgency.
The Camp Commander, Ibrahim Hamidu, said on Tuesday in Yola that the IDPs were mostly from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.
Hamidu said the IDPs were displaced from Uba and Mubi camps, following attacks on the towns by insurgents last week.
According to him, the camp is still witnessing influx of people from Mubi axis in spite of the evacuation of indigenes of Borno by the state government.
"We have so far registered 8 146 people in this camp alone and many are still waiting to be registered,’’ Hamidu said.
The camp commander expressed concern that the camp was running out of food supply due to influx of people.
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He commended the Red Cross, the Rescue International Committee, OXFAM, CISCOPE, American University of Nigeria (AUN) and some interfaith organisations for their support to the camp.
On reports of missing children, Hamidu said the camp had received 20 complaints from parents, while seven children were brought to the camp looking for their parents.
Meanwhile, Yola is calm, with business activities going on smoothly but IDPs continue to troop in from Mubi and other neigbouring local governments.
The motor parks were filled with passengers who came from Mubi axis, as well as Yola, comprising mostly non indigenes trying to leave the area for fear of possible attacks on Yola.
Presently, there was heavy vehicular and human traffic in Yola, while food and packaged water popularly known as 'pure water' vendors make brisk business as IDPs rush for food and ice water to refresh themselves.