Maiduguri - Internally displaced persons staying at a camp in Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory will be moved to Maiduguri, Borno State, after a developer of the land successfully applied for their movement.
The developer of the land in Apo Sunshine Estate had served the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency with a quit notice.
Director General of the FEMA), Abbas Idris, has led a team to Maiduguri to prepare ground for the relocation of the IDPs.
Idris said within the next one month the IDPs would be transported to camps in the Borno capital.
He said over 500 persons, indigenes of Borno State, had shown interested in the planned relocation.
He added that the decision to relocate the IDPs to Maiduguri was reached after a meeting with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and other humanitarian agencies and stakeholders.
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“The relocations of these refugees mostly from Gwoza in Borno state from the Apo Sunshine Estates, Abuja are about to be concluded, as we have inspected all the Maiduguri camps, including the ones at Bakkassi and on Gubio road. They (IDPs) agreed and are willing to come home, before they could return to their respective communities in the affected council areas of Borno state, they may need to stay in IDPs camps,” Idris said.
The leader of people from Gwoza at the Apo Sunshine Estate,Chakule Lawan said everything would be done to ensure the IDPs relocated back to Borno.
“We have seen the facilities on ground and as the leader of the IDPs in Abuja, I will do everything possible to evacuate and relocate our people.
This is because I have seen and experienced the situation we are facing in Abuja camp and as such I won’t hesitate to come down to Maiduguri resettlement camps,” he said.
- CAJ News