About 78,000 Borno State citizens forced to flee to neighbouring Cameroon by the barbaric onslaught of Boko Haram have called on their state government to take them back home.
Sources say the government is taking measures to send officials to Cameroon.
The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Engr Ahmed Satomi, said in Maiduguri on Saturday that refugees threatened last week to trek from their refuge in Cameroon to Kala-Balge in Borno State because they desperately wanted to return home.
“This is a repatriation issue which requires repatriation process. We will organize and go about repatriating them according to Geneva Convention.”
“SEMA is planning to open transit camps at Kumshe, Gulumba, Kerawa and Goshe where we will first sustain them for say one week, compile their data, then ask them if they want to go back to their homes or where they want to go back to.” he said.
Borno State has witnessed grievous acts of human rights violence and destruction of properties and public infrastructure.
Reports on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from Borno state suggest that some gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamist, opened fire at private and commercial vehicles along the Maiduguri-Damboa road.
According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), since the beginning of the attacks in 2014 by Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group, in over 40 villages in northeastern Nigeria, has displaced thousands of people. People forced to flee their homes are dispersed throughout Nigeria and in neighboring countries, where they face serious problems in accessing food, water, shelter, and other basic rights.
Nearly 300,000 people in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states, 70 percent of them women and children, have fled their homes since early 2013, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA).
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) puts the figure of internally displaced people in Nigeria at more than 470,000. Most are staying with families in other parts of Nigeria, and another 60,000 or so have sought refuge in neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger since May 2013, according to UNHCR.