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More deportees could be on their way from Niger

06 May 2015, 21:40

Abuja - The number of locals Niger has deported could be higher than the reported 6 000.                                          

Director of Search and Rescue of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, confirmed the deportations, has disclosed this to media.

We came here the information we received from Niger is that about 2 000 Nigerians would be delivered to us but now see what we have on ground is 3 000, he said.

He said the agency had received over 3 000 Nigerians deported from Niger by the neighbouring country and another set of are on their way.

"We just received communication from Nigerien government that another set of 3 000 persons are been sent to us. We will be going to the border post to take custody of the people, Otegbade said.

Also read: Niger removes 4,000 Nigerian refugees from Lake Chad island

He said the agency was not ruling out the figure could be more than the 6 000.

We came here the information we received from Niger is that about 2 000 Nigerians would be delivered to us but now see what we have on ground is 3 000.

Otegbade insisted that officials of the agency will be in Geidam to receive the people back to their respective states.

We are going to remain in Geidam as long as it takes to evacuate the people back to their respective states. Geidam is acting as a transit town and we have two camps, one at the stadium and the other at a primary school in town,² Otegbade added

He also revealed that the returnees are from the states of the federation including Taraba, Adamawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Benue, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Bauchi and Kano. 

According to him, arrangements have been made to transport them to their respective states, stressing that the agency has already contacted the affected states emergency management agencies. 

Thousands of Nigerians have sought refuge in the Niger owing to the Boko Haram sect.

- CAJ News


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