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Internally Displaced Persons camps in several states shut down following reintegration

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Internally Displaced Persons camps in several states shut down following reintegration

By Onome Oraka

Following the reunion of inmates with relatives, the camps set up for Internally Displaced Persons in Kaduna, Kano and Zamfara states have been shut down.

According to reports, over 2000 IDPs affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-Eastern states of Nigeria, were at the various camps at different times.

Alhaji Ali Bashir, the Executive Secretary of Kano State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, said that one of the temporary camps which was established in Dawakin Kudu Local Government area was shut down in January.

Bashir stated that the camp was closed after all the inmates from Adamawa, Taraba and Borno states reunited with their relatives or returned to their local government areas following the success of the military in liberating some of those areas from the siege of the insurgents.

“They were part of the 6, 000 persons who returned to the country from Niger Republic recently. The affected IDPs were kept at the temporary camp in Dawakin Kudu, but have since returned to their respective local government areas of origin, as they stayed for only one or two days.”

Bashir said that each IDP was given N2500 as transport and feeding allowance, and also 50 bags of maize donated to them.

He revealed that the camp was reopened for two days as about 518 IDP’s were relocated from Geidam in Yobe state, following their return from Niger Republic.

Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency in Zamfara State, Mr. Salisu Kwatarkwashi said that all the 143 IDPs in the state have reunited with their relations successfully.

Kwatarkwashi said that most of the IDPs were evacuated from Niger Republic through Gaidam in Yobe state.

He also said that the IDPs had been screened and were confirmed to be in good health.

“All the displaced persons that were confirmed to be indigenes of Zamfara State were transported from National Emergency Management Agency camp in Sokoto State, after which we took them to their respective emirate councils.

“At this moment, all the 143 persons have been re-integrated into their communities of origin and we have not received any complaint since their resettlement.”

In Kaduna State, although there were no official camps for the IDP’s in the North-East, the state government established various camps for displaced persons within the state.

In Kaduna state, about 23, 890 people had been affected by communal clashes in Kaura, Kachia and Sanga local government areas since 2014.

Abubakar Zakari-Adamu, the spokesperson of the State Emergency Agency, said that there were no IDP’s in the state as all inmates had returned to their respective homes.

In Kebbi state, a temporary camp set up by the State Emergency Management Agency had also been closed as the 513 IDPs evacuated from Karanga town in Niger Republic, had been reunited with their relations, according to the Director of the Agency, Alhaji Cindo Jega.

Also, a temporary camp set up in Geidam, Yobe state, for IDP’s evacuated from Niger Republic had been closed.

The Director of Search and Rescue, National Emergency Management Agency, Charles Otegbade, revealed that about 11,000 Nigerians evacuated from Islands on Lake Chad, had returned to the country.

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