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Official number of deportees from Niger confimed

12 May 2015, 20:26

Lagos - More than half the number of locals deported from Niger in recent days have been transported back to their homes.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 11 449 Nigerian returnees had been registered at the transit camp in Geidam, Yobe State as of Tuesday.

Transportation of the returnees continues as more high capacity buses and vehicles have been engaged by NEMA to fully transport them to their various states. The agency is also continuing with the provision of basic supports at the transit camp, senior officials said.

Also read: More deportees could be on their way from Niger

Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, said the agency was fully committed to the transportation of the returnees to their states and affirmed that the staff would remain at the transit camp until the last person leaves.

He said more relief support had also been deployed to support them while at the camp, the NEMA executive said.

From the registration, the returnees were identified to be Nigerians from Borno, Taraba, Jigawa, Kano, Benue, Bauchi, Sokoto, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Imo, and Delta States.

Thousands of locals have fled the Boko Haram crisis to neighboring Niger in recent months.

However there is a significant number of Nigerians that had made the most of the porous border to cross to the neighbouring country. ­

- CAJ News


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