112 Children Reunite With Families In Edo IDP Camp

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By Jefferson Ibiwale, Benin

Some 112 internally displaced children quartered at the International Christian Centre in Edo State were reunited with their families over the weekend.

The reunion was held during an emotionally laden luncheon hosted by the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

After the meal, the children were handed over to the heads of 49 different families to which they belonged.

At the event, Oshiomhole urged the security agencies to intensify efforts to end the insurgency that had led to the fracturing of many family units in the North east.

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The governor, who expressed confidence that the Buhari – led administration would tackle the Boko Haram menace, urged Nigerians to be more accommodating irrespective of tribal or religious differences.

The governor, it would be recalled, recently waded into the planned eviction of IDPs in the state by security agencies.

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At the reunion, one of the parents, Ali Yakubu, from Gwoza local government area of Borno State, who was reunited with four of his children, said he was happy to be alive to see his children.

He, however, lamented that all his siblings were killed by the sect members.

Another parent, Justina Ali, thanked the governor and founder of the camp, Solomon Folunrunsho, for taking care of the kids while at the camp.

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President Muhammadu Buhari recently directed relevant agencies in the country to initiate moves to reunite families that had been separated due to the devastating effects of the Boko Haram insurgency.