By Ali Inuwa
The Borno Government on Tuesday returned at least 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Bama to their respective communities in the border town of Banki, after the military had successfully reclaimed the area from the Boko Haram terrorists.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees were part of the 40,000 IDPs evacuated to the General Hospital, Bama, following the escalation of the Boko Haram crisis last year.
Alhaji Modu Ali, the Caretaker Chairman of the Bama Local Government Area, supervised the transportation of the IDPs back to their communities from Bama, headquarters of the local government.
Addressing newsmen at Banki, Ali thanked Gov. Kashim Shettima for providing logistics for the exercise.
He also commended the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for its numerous support to the IDPs during their stay at the Bama camp.
Ali urged the IDPs to be security conscious and law abiding as they returned to their ancestral homes.
A spokesman of the IDPs, Alhaji Bukar Mustapha, thanked the state government for returning them home.
NAN reports that Banki is a town located on the border between Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon.
The government had also relocated IDPs from Konduga, Mafa and Dikwa local government areas taking refuge in Maiduguri back home.
Alhaji Babagana Umara, the Commissioner for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation, stated told Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian Army that the relocation was carried out because of restoration of peace in the areas.
Umara said the action followed the directives of Governor Kashim Shettima, after the attainment of peace in the areas which were hitherto under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists.
“Shettima has ordered the immediate relocation of the IDPs from Konduga, Mafa and Dikwa local government areas from Maiduguri to their respective areas.
“This include those staying in refugee camp in Dikwa who will be moved into the main town,” he said.
Umara said that the meeting was to map out security arrangement toward the success of the programme.
He said that the state government was making arrangement to put in place necessary infrastructure for the comfort of the IDPs at home.