Nigerian Gov’t Shuts IDP Camps In Adamawa, Yobe

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Nigerian Government Shuts IDP Camps In Adamawa, Yobe

The Nigerian Government through the Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) announced on Friday that it had shut down Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the North-eastern states of Yobe and Adamawa.

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Addressing a press conference during this year’s World Humanitarian Day in Abuja, the Director General of the NEMA, Mohammad Sani Sidi, said:

“We have camps in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states but as we mark this day, I want to tell you that most of the camps have been closed down.”

The DG also explained that the number of camps closed in Adamawa were 12 while six of the seven in Yobe have been shut down as displaced persons have started returning home voluntarily following the liberation of their communities by the military and the establishment of state structures.

According to him, most of the remaining camps were in Maiduguri where there are over one million IDPs from Borno State alone.

“We have 26 formal camps in Maiduguri but displaced persons in the camps in other states are voluntarily going back home. I can tell you that almost 40 percent of the camps have been closed,” the NEMA boss said.

Sidi however, added that there were still some 80,000, 26,000 and 55,000 Nigerians in refugee camps in Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic, respectively.



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