Borno set to shut all IDP camps by year end

Borno set to shut all IDP camps by year end

The Borno State Government has disclosed that it will shut all camps that are holding thousands of internally displaced persons by the end of the year.

 

This was disclosed by the Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum on Friday, October 22, 2021.

 

Equally important, Zulum attributed the development to improved security in the state.

 

Borno State has remained for years the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency which has spanned over a decade. The conflict has resulted in the death of over 300,000 persons; while also displacing millions of residents, many of whom are dependent on aid to survive. Equally important, the conflict has also spread to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, prompting a  joint regional response.

 

But speaking after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja; Zulum said security had improved in the state so much that those living in camps in the state capital Maiduguri could return home.

 

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“So far so good, Borno State government has started well…Arrangements have been concluded to ensure the closure of all internally displaced persons camps that are inside Maiduguri metropolis on or before 31st December, 2021,” Zulum said.

 

However, fears remain among residents on the safety of returning to their homes; especially in view of the capacity of the insurgents to still launch raids and attacks.

 

In recent months, the Nigerian military has recorded significant gains against the terrorists.

 

1st News reports that the Nigerian government’s cause has also been aided by a conflict in the ranks of Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter group which emerged in 2016. ISWAP had claimed responsibility for the death of notorious and long-term Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

 

On the other hand, the Nigerian military has also taken credit for killing ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi; as well as his successor, Malam Bako.

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