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Source: Daily Independent

he National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Wednesday, said about 400,000 persons have been internally displaced in the troubled North Eastern region of the country from January 2014 till date.

Information officer of the northeast zonal office of the agency, AbdulKadir Ibrahim, said the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) between January and July 31, in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, before the explosion of recent attacks in Gwoza and Doron-Baga stood at 360,462.

Ibrahim said Borno state alone had 183,031 IDPs, with Adamawa and Yobe recording 147,198 and 30,233 respectively within the period.

The spokesman, who lamented that this had overstretched the agency which had to be prepared at all time to meet humanitarian crisis in the region, and that “because of the magnitude of cases of areas affected by the insurgency and the numbers of IDPs, NEMA has trained volunteers and Emergency Management Vanguard who work with Red Cross to set up camps and to register internally displaced persons.”

He said those recently displaced as a result of the capture of Gwoza by the insurgents are now displaced in Madagali in Adamawa state and Uba in Borno State with others fleeing to neighbouring Cameroon. He said those displaced by last Sunday’s insurgency attack on Doron-Baga are accommodated at Central Primary School, Baga.

Ibrahim said the agency has been furthered laboured with the task of providing relief materials to over 30,000 persons now accommodated in various facilities in Madagali, Uba and Doron-Baga.

Continuing, the NEMA spokesman said the agency has concluded plan to ship relief materials into the facilities in three communities, including those recently provided by the Dangote Foundation and the Presidential Committee on Disaster, to various facilities.

These are: NYSC Borno orientation camp, EYN Church in Maiduguri, Gidan Kaji, Pompomari and Gwange where 200 Nigerian refugees from Central African Republic are accommodated.

It was gathered that the insurgents on Sunday attacked Doron-Baga where unspecified numbers of people were killed and 16 persons who suffered various gunshot injuries were brought to the State Specialists Hospital.

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