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BOKO HARAM: NGO registers 180,000 IDPs from Bama in Maiduguri

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The Bama Development Foundation, an NGO,
said on Sunday that it had registered 180,000
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Bama
taking refuge in Maiduguri.
NAN reports that Malam Mohammed Hassan,
the Chairman of the foundation, stated this at a
news conference in Maiduguri.
Hassan said that the IDPs were in four camps in
Maiduguri.
According to him, the IDPs are those displaced
during attack on the town by Boko Haram in
September.
“We have recorded about 180,000 IDPs from
Bama taking shelters in four different camps in
Maiduguri as at Oct. 31.
“The camps are located at the Yerwa Girls
Secondary School, Women Teachers College,
NYSC Orientation Camp and Government Girls
College, Maiduguri’’, he said.
Hassan added that some other IDPs were taking
refuge in the neighbouring Cameroon and Chad
Republics.
According to NAN, he said that the continued
siege on Bama by the insurgents was creating
hardship for the residents held hostage in the
town.

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“Only about one-third of the Bama population
has been able to escape, leaving the rest under
the captivity of the insurgents.
“Most of those left are the weak comprising
women, children and the aged.These people are
exposed to hunger, starvation and diseases.’’
Hassan appealed to the Federal Government to
strive hard and free the town from the hands of
the insurgents, so that the IDPs can return
home.
He commended the military for reclaiming some
towns seized in Adamawa State by the
insurgents.
“We commend the military for liberating towns
like Mubi in Adamawa from the insurgents.
“We urge them to extend the war to Bama and
liberate the town so that we can all go back
home,” Hassan said.
NAN reports that he also commended Gov.
Kashim Shettima for providing shelter to the
numerous IDPs from Bama in Maiduguri.
“We commend Gov. Kashim Shettima for
providing camps for Bama IDPs in Maiduguri.
“We also commend public spirited individuals
and corporate bodies for their intervention in
different forms in the IDPs camp”, he said.

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