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Boko Haram: 22,463 Nigerians Return From Niger Republic
Officials of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in collaboration with the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, BOSEMA, and the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, have registered not less than 22, 463 Nigerians who recently returned from Niger Republic.
Spokesman of NEMA in the North East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, in a statement on Thursday said the return of the victims of Boko Haram insurgency was as a result of an agreement between Nigeria, Cameroun and Niger for the safe and dignified return of Nigerians who fled to the countries for safety.
He added that more than 10000 returnees “are also expected to be registered upon return in the next few days.”
Ibrahim stated that a needs assessment was conducted to facilitate the provision of aid and relief intervention for the returnees.
According to the NEMA spokesman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, is providing food for the returnees, while UNICEF is providing medical care supported by officials of the Local Government Area.
The statement further read: “As a proactive measure preparations are being made to receive and register more returnees expected to arrive from Cameroun through Banki town in Bama LGA and Ngamboru Ngala in Ngala LGA.
“A team of major humanitarian partners comprising UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Activities, OCHA, World food Program, WFP, United Nations High Commission for Refugees UNHCR, and government agencies will conduct a sectoral assessment in Damasak to complement any gaps in providing needs relating to shelter, food security, water and sanitation.”