Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Displaced Locals Returning Home - NEMA

Maiduguri — Residents who were displaced by the Boko Haram in various communities in Borno State are gradually returning to their homes following intervention by various stakeholders, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said yesterday.

Weekly Trust recalls that about two weeks ago, 185 people were killed in Kawuri and over 300 houses burnt while an additional 19 others were killed in Alau, a fishing community in Konduga Local Government Area.

Many others were killed and displaced in towns, villages and hamlets along Kwaljiri, Kaya, Ngawo Fate, Limanti, Njaba, Yahuri, Mude, Wala among others in Damboa, Konduga and Gwoza local government areas.

The Northeast Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammed Kanar, said more relief materials have been sent to displaced people as a result of attacks at border communities and other places following a directive by the Director General of the agency, Alhaji Muhammed Sani Sidi.

"More relief materials including food, household items, sanitary pads and drugs were distributed to people in Kauri and Alau communities in Borno state," he said.

The District Head of Kawuri, Alhaji Lawal Awa, said though the community had lost many people, the survivors have picked up their pieces and life was gradually returning to normal.

The Information Officer of the agency, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, also said in a statement that most of the displaced peoples have returned to their communities and activities were gradually returning to normal.

It is recalled that the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi, who described recent happenings as "humanitarian crisis" said last week that over 9,000 people fled from Kawuri alone and called on the federal government and well-meaning individuals to assist the victims.

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