- The state of security in the northeastern part of Nigeria is really improving following coordinated operations of the military
- In fact, this is why the Borno state government is concluding plans to return all IDPs in Borno to their communities
- Governor Babagana Zulum on Friday, October 22, said this is part of what he discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has disclosed that the state government will shut all Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps by December 31.
The governor said he spoke with the president on the efforts of his administration to return IDPs to their communities earlier ravaged by insurgency, Punch added.
He added that the state is partnering with the ministry of humanitarian affairs to make this a possibility, adding that the decision to shut the camps is influenced by increased security situations in the state.
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“I came to brief the president on efforts made by Borno state government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their homes.
“So far so good, Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure the closure of all internally displaced persons’ camps that are inside Maiduguri on or before December 31."
Zulum went on to state that the government is working with the ministry to repatriate Nigerians in Minawo camp in Cameroon and those in Diffa province of Niger.
Two killed as fire engulfs IDP camp in Borno
Meanwhile, an IDP camp in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital had been gutted by fire. About 1,613 houses at the Muna garage IDP camp were affected by the fire.
Two persons who sustained severe burns died from their wounds. According to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency chairperson, Yabawa Kolo, the unfortunate incident happened on the eve of the Eid-El-Fitr. Governor Zulum had visited the camp to check out the level of damage caused by the fire.
According to him, the continuous fire incidences in makeshift camps further emphasise why they should be completely closed down in the state.