Kaduna (Nigeria) – National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received and camped 4,641 Nigerian returnees from Cameroon who were displaced by boko haram activities in northeast nigeria. This is in addition to the earlier 1, 121 of out of which 650 were further transported from the camps in Yola to Borno State.
A statement by NEMA Press Officer, Ezekiel Manzo says, the camp has recorded seven new births at the Mubi transit camp where the returnees are first received upon returning home from the Republic Cameroun.
“Health workers assisted in the safe delivery of seven pregnant women of four girls and three boys who are all in stable condition.” It says.
The statement quotes Director Search and Rescue of NEMA, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade who is coordinating the evacuation saying, ” we have moved the returnees from the Mubi reception centre and all of them at the Nigerian/Cameroun border post in Sahuda, after clearance by the Nigerian Immigration Service and other security agencies to the Internally Displaced Persons camps in Yola.”
He also said that more returnees were still being expected at the border post while those transported to Yola have been taken to the IDPs camps in Damare NYSC camp and Malkohi and a new location in Fufore for proper supports and care by NEMA. He assured that all returnees arriving at the border would be fully supported and taken to the IDPs camps for proper care.
“As the returnees arrived the IDPs camps, NEMA officials managing those camps immediately provided them with food to eat, beddings, clothings and other basic supports. Also, at the transit camp in Mubi, NEMA provided them with foods. Health officials of the Adamawa State Government and members of the Nigerian Red Cross Society are also supporting the IDPs at the camps.” The statement says.
Last week, Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi and Deputy Governor of Borno State Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha had visited the Mubi camp to officially receive the returnees and assured them of the Nigerian Government support.