Nigeria: Over 2,000 IDPs Return to Home Guzamala to Resettle

At least 2,000 people displaced by Boko Haram violence in Nigeria, returned to their communities after years of living in camps, the army said.

Over 2000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Guzamala extraction living in Bakassi IDP Camp in Maiduguri on Tuesday returned to their original homeland in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno state.

The IDPs numbering about 2,043 individuals, made up of 378 households constitute the first batch of IDPs who willingly expressed the desire to return to their communities to resettle and resume their traditional occupation of farming and fishing, as well as other socio-economic activities.

In a statement signed by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole he noted that the Major General Rogers Nicholas, at the flag off of the movement at the Bakassi IDP Camp stated that the earnest desire of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has been to ensure that IDPs who are willing, return home to begin a normal life.

He noted that the modalities to return the IDPs home was jointly worked out by the Theatre Command, the Borno State Government and the Guzamala Local Authorities.

General Nicholas added that the military has reinforced security in the locality and that the traditional farm clearing (sharandaji) to declare the farming season open has been earlier conducted in Gudumbali.

He assured the returnee IDPs of adequate protection while they resettle, adding, that Operation Last Hold has been inaugurated in the theatre to operationally cover the locality and other communities.

The Theatre Commander also urged well meaning Nigerians and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support returnee IDPs with farming implements and other relief materials to enable them settle back quickly into their respective communities.

The Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement to the Borno State Government, Professor Babagana Umara, while addressing the returnee IDPs said that their resolve to return home is a welcome development that will fast track their socio-economic well-being.

He assured them of the support of the Borno State Government as they return home.

Other dignitaries who graced the event were the Chairman Guzamala Local Government, Honourable Lawan Umara Zanna, representative of the Commander Operation Last Hold, Brig Gen Victor Offiong, representative of the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brig Gen Gbemiga Adeshina, the District Head of Guzamala Alhaji Zanna Arjinoma and Heads of Security Agencies in Borno State.

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