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Thousands resettled after Bama terror crisis

03 September 2014, 08:45Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The Borno State Government has resettled more than 2 000 people displaced by the recent terror problems in Bama.

The internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been relocated at National Youths Service (NYSC) orientation camp and Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) in Maiduguri.

Zannah Umar Mustapha, the State Deputy Governor, disclosed the development.

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Boko Haram terrorists were said to have taken control of Bama.

However, Mustapha insisted that the military is in full control of the security situation in the town.  

“The attack on Bama town on Monday was very unfortunate but I want reassure our people that government is on top of the situation. Already, those in the camp are being taken care of and our security forces are engaging the insurgents in a fierce battle which is worthy of commendation”.

He said the camp in Government Girls Secondary School had the capacity to accommodate a maximum of 3 000 persons but due to the rising number of displaced persons, another camp had been established at GGSS, Maiduguri to accommodate a maximum of another 3 000 people.

"In these camps government has provided basic amenities to make their stay comfortable. Currently in all these camps, including the ones at Madagali, Uba and Mubi in Adamawa state enjoy three square meals, healthcare services and hostels for their accommodation, until the security situation improves for them to return to their respective towns, communities and villages.”

Also Read: Boko Haram besiege Borno city: Senator

Mustapha appreciated the cooperation the state was receiving from neighbouring states.  

“Let me use this forum to thank all our hosts for the support and cooperation our people have been enjoying form them. I am particularly happy to the cooperation we have so far received from Gombe and Adamawa state governments," he said.

He added that government and security agencies were doing everything possible overcome the presence security challenges.

"We shall come out stronger and more united as a people. We shall overcome our pains, sorrows and losses that could not be quantified in kind or values."

- CAJ News


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