Even as the Yobe State government mulls the idea of returning the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) based in Damaturu, the state capital to their ancestral towns and villages even as it awaits clearance from the Nigerian military, not a few of the IDPs are comfortable with a return to the deserted places.
About 3,000 IDPs from Gulani and Gujba local government areas, taking refuge in camps in Kukareta along Maiduguri Road and Ksesa along Gujba Road respectively all in Damaturu, have said that they wouldn’t return to “ghost towns seized from Boko Haram.
Some of them who had the opportunity of visiting the towns on a tour recently could not believe what they saw of burnt-out homes and looted properties for the first time since Nigerian troops retook the 2 council areas and some villages from Boko Haram insurgents.
Our correspondent, who recently visited two IDPs camps in the state reported that scores of people of the two communities, were forced to flee after Boko Haram terrorists seized the towns of Gujba and Gulani. Upon fleeing the towns and villages, many people are now taking refuge in Damaturu, the state capital while others moved to others state. Read more