No fewer than 194,000 Nigerians who are seeking refuge in Cameroon and Niger as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been served eviction notice by the neighbouring governments. Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, made the disclosure in Abuja yesterday.
There are 56,000 Nigerian IDPs in Cameroon who ran away from Borno State in the wake of insurgency that has left many dead and millions homeless. The IDPs, according to Shettima, are those from Bama and Gwoza local government areas of the state alone.
The governor, who said the Cameroonian authorities have indicated that they could no longer take care of the Nigerian IDPs, said another 138,000 Nigerien IDPs in Niger Republic also face the same fate. Speaking at the 1st Annual Dialogue on Rebuilding Borno with the theme: Rebuilding Peace in Borno: Thought Leadership Laboratory, the governor lamented that the state is faced with serious food crisis, aftermath of the insurgency.
Besides the IDPs, who he said are in 17 camps across the state, he said the state government also has to cater for 1.7 million people in Maiduguri and 70,000 people living in Gwoza community. Read more