Borno IDPs Hit 120,000
THE Borno state government needs to overcome the challenges of “influx, resettlement and feedings” of over 120, 000 refugees and other Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Niger Republic, Monguno and the Bama axis who were recently sacked from their communities by Boko Haram insurgents.
Executive Chairman of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Grema Terab, who gave this hint yesterday in Maiduguri while addressing returning refugees from Niger Republic and the IDPs from Monguno at the 400 Housing Estate mosque camp, said the state was spending N100 million to feed IPDs on monthly basis.
Terab said: “In my address to Nigerien refugees at Njimtilo last Sunday, we registered 2, 400 persons, before they were camped at this Housing Estate. The ones we had received this week, including the second batch of 1, 500 from Geidam has reached a total of 1, 665.
“The remaining IDPs that trooped into this camp today are from Monguno and the Bama axis, where some villages at the fringes of Sambisa Forests were attacked by insurgents.”
Terab further disclosed that the agency has also registered 90 displaced persons from Monguno; while the remaining 151 registered IDPs are from the Bama-Konduga axis.
On feeding the teeming IDPs, Terab said: “