NEWS Borno IDPs in Abuja head for Maiduguri

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri

About 500 In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) from Borno State who are cur­rently tak­ing refuge in Abuja are soon to be re­turned home, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, FCT Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA), Al­haji Ab­bas Idriss, said yes­ter­day.

He told news­men in Maiduguri when he vis­ited some IDP camps that FEMA was work­ing on plans to take the IDPs home.

“You are quite aware that about 500 IDPs had in­di­cated in­ter­est in com­ing back home, they are all from Borno, mostly from Gwoza LGA.

“Based on this, gov­ern­ment felt that we should come to the state and in­spect the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able here so we can move them back home in the near­est fu­ture,” he said.

Idriss said the re­lo­ca­tion would com­mence in a few days, adding that the IDPs were cur­rently oc­cu­py­ing an es­tate owned by a de­vel­oper who wants to take over his prop­erty and gave them a quit no­tice.

“They felt bad and staged a demon­stra­tion at the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion which in­ter­vened and called stake­hold­ers to a meet­ing which led to the for­ma­tion of the our com­mit­tee that is in­ter agency in na­ture,” he said.

He said the in­ter-agency com­mit­tee was set up to en­sure the pro­tec­tion of rights of the dis­placed per­sons.

“Part of the res­o­lu­tion of the com­mit­tee is to main­tain the dig­nity of the IDPs while mov­ing them. That is why we took some of their lead­ers down here to in­spect fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in the camps and if they are okay they can in­di­cate and af­firm their in­ter­est to come back home,” he said.

He said gov­ern­ment, through the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA), would work out modal­i­ties for their re­turn, adding that the com­mit­tee was im­pressed with fa­cil­i­ties in the Maiduguri camps.

A leader of the IDPs in Abuja, Mr Chakule Lawan who ac­com­pa­nied the com­mit­tee mem­bers to Maiduguri, ex­pressed readi­ness to con­vince them to re­turn home, say­ing he was happy with the fa­cil­i­ties on ground. Kaduna State Gover­nor Malam Nasir El-Ru­fai yes­ter­day said he was mis­rep­re­sented on com­ments he made dur­ing the in­ter­ac­tive seg­ment at a Town Hall meet­ing with stake­hold­ers on Satur­day.

El-Ru­fai said in a state­ment through his me­dia as­sis­tant, Sa­muel Aruwan, that he did not ask any­one to die over ap­point­ments, adding that he was only be­ing em­phatic about the need for frank talk when he said those not com­fort­able with the truth could climb the Kufena Hills and jump.

The gover­nor added

Pic Shehu K. Goro

From left: Chief of Air Staff, Air Mar­shal Sadiq Baba Abubakar; Deputy Gover­nor of Kaduna State, Arch. Yusuf Barnabas Bala Ban­tex and Chief of De­fense Staff, Gen­eral Gabriel Olonishakin, in­spect equip­ment dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Nige­ria Air force Re­search and De­vel­op­ment sem­i­nar 2015 in Kaduna yes­ter­day.

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