The National Emergency Management Agency, also known by the acronym NEMA, in the North East Zonal Office, has registered over 6220 displaced people by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Ibrahim Abdulkadir, the spokesman of the agency in the northeast, said in a statement the agency had registered 6227 persons in Maiduguri, who were displaced as a result of the insurgency in their areas.
Mohammed Kanar, the North East coordinator of NEMA, said the agency was planning to “establish (a) central camp in Maiduguri for the (IDP’s).”
In a briefing with reporters Mohammed Kanar said, ''the agency was still taking records of the displaced people, once this is done, (the agency) will set up a central camp for the people.
“As intervention, we have distributed relief materials to the people who are currently camped-out at the Dalori primary school,” Mohammed Kanar said. “As soon as we set up a central camp in Maiduguri, we will move them, and other displaced persons to the camp, and provide them with all they need until they are able to go back to their villages,” Kanar added.
“New sets of internally displaced persons have been reported as a result of the recent attacks by the insurgents in some communities of Konduga, Jere and Gwoza local government areas in Borno state. The new influx of IDPs, have now, been identified at four locations within Maiduguri. Those locations are, Yarwa Practice Primary School, Jiddari Primary School, the E.Y.N Church Wulari No.I, and Bama Motor Park,” the NEMA spokesman said in the statement.
“The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) North East zonal office carried out a ‘need of assessment’ for the aforementioned locations, to ascertain the situation of the IDPs. Relief items like: bedding, mosquito nets, blankets, and food items, will be provided to the IDPs as soon as registration formalities are concluded. The assessment was conducted in conjunction with the Red Cross, and other stakeholders,” he said.
When a SaharaReporters correspondent visited the Dalori estate primary school on the outskirts of Maiduguri during the week, hundreds of women, with some of them pregnant, as well as children, and elderly people, were seen at the camp. Many of the people there recounted their ugly stories to our reporter in graphic detail. Many had said they were from Yawuri, Mainari, Modumari and Gambari villages, stressing that they ‘had to flee’ following a series of threats by the Boko Haram insurgents
Suleiman Adamu, 68, from the Koleri village said, “I have been here for more than 10 days after threats from Boko Haram. We cannot go back because we are afraid.”
He added that like many of his fellow displaced colleagues, that there is a great need for water and food, “as we don't have (any) money with us.”
A woman who identified herself as Falmata Umaru, said they are hungry and are sleeping (out) in the open. “Some of us have spent weeks here, some have even stayed longer, and our sources of livelihood have been cut off because we cannot go back to our village, and we don’t have food to eat. Some of us are even pregnant, and we are sleeping in the open,” she said.
SaharaReporters had learned that some of these displaced persons had left their villages out of fear. Many others among them are considered ‘the lucky ones,’ who had escaped with their lives from deadly attacks in the Gwoza axis region, where the militants in the North East had taken over from Nigerian troops who had moved on.