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Over 10,000 Gwoza Residents Flee to Adamawa, Cameroun
By Iro Dan Fulani
Over 10,000 persons displaced by recent terrorist attacks on Gwoza, a town in Borno State, by members of the Boko Harm sect have fled to Adamawa State and villages in neighbouring Cameroun
Many others who fled into surrounding hills are stranded there and face hard days ahead as they do not have access to food or water.
It would be recalled that last Friday, these affected persons held a peaceful march to the state government house where they accused the state and federal government of abandonment and threatened to flee to Cameroun if nothing was done to protect them or alleviate their sufferings.
“We are leaving Nigeria for Cameroun. Nigeria does not care for us. We are killed, our houses burnt and we’re left to suffer like orphans among others,” were some of messages inscribed on their placards.
The Northeast zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mohammad Kanar, confirmed the huge exodus of Gwoza residents.
“I can confirm to you that over 10,000 displaced Gwoza residents have fled to neighboring Adamawa and Cameroun republic,’ he said.
Chairman of Madagali local government area in Adamawa state where a majority of the displaced persons have fled to, James Abawu Watharda, also confirmed the report, adding that his council was doing all it can to assist them.
Madagali, however, pointed out that the magnitude of the problem was beyond what the council can handle.
“Gwoza residents have continued trooping and for now over 7,000 have since arrived. The local council is making arrangement to come to their plight. We are therefore, calling on NEMA and other relevant authorities to assist, because the scope of their needs is beyond the local government council,” he stated.