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More refugees flee homes in Borno State

06 January 2015, 19:36

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has registered more people that fled from some towns terrorists attacked in the Borno State.

Mallam Abdul Kadir Ibrahim, the spokesman of the agency in the North East, disclosed the development.

He said the agency has registered people that fled Monguno, Doron-Baga and other communities close to Baga, which was captured by the Boko Haram insurgents at the weekend.

Ibrahim revealed that from the record gathered at the camp of the internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, the new additions were mainly from Monguno, Doron-Baga and other communities near Baga.

He said that this was indicative of the fact that these people might have fled their homes due to fear of being attack by the rampaging insurgents.

Also read: Borno black out blamed on insurgency

Ibrahim said so far the agency has registered 1 636 people fleeing Baga and environs for Maiduguri.

According to him, the breakdown of the figure shows that 1 172 were males and 464 were females, a further breakdown showing that 779 were adult males and 393 children males with 216 adult females and 248 children females.

He said the agency in conjunction with State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and other stakeholders have provided the displaced people with beddings and other items.

"Those that were sick have been given medical attention while all hands are on deck as all the stakeholders in emergency management are doing what they can to attend to the need of the people," Ibrahim said.

He also disclosed that majority of the people that fled the Baga attack migrated into Chad, adding that the agency is currently planning strategies to evacuate them back to the country.

"Recently, NEMA team was dispatched to Chad, Cameroon and Niger to ascertain the number of Nigerians displaced in these countries. Those who are willing to come back will be evacuated back to Nigeria in assistance with the host countries," Ibraham said.

- CAJ News


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