27 Jan 2015

Over 8,000 IDPs registered in Maiduguri after Boko Haram's capture of Monguno

The North East Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mohammed Kanar, on Monday said the agency has so far registered about 8000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled into Maiduguri yesterday due to the attack by the dreaded sect members of Boko Haram.

The coordinator expressed worry over the increasing number of IDPs in Maiduguri, the state capital, while the Information Officer of the Agency, Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, part said the agency in collaboration with Red Cross officials and security operatives have been mobilized to ensure adequate and proper care of the victims.
“We have set up an emergency response team and they have provided them with drugs and drinking water as immediate measure aimed at managing the situation”, he said.
The team, according to him, will revisit the camp and distribute relief materials such as food items, mattresses, mats, blankets, mosquitoes nets among others.
“We want to also use the opportunity to inform all the fleeing residents of Monguno that government in collaboration with other humanitarian agencies are committed to addressing their pathetic situation”, he added.
It was reported that Mongono is currently under the control of the dreaded sect members the Boko Haram as Nigerian troop have withdrawn from the area.

Troops of the Nigerian Army had repelled attacks by the insurgents as they simultaneously launched attacks on Monguno and Maiduguri.

The military launched coordinated air and land strikes on the insurgents and are in pursuit of the retreating Boko Haram members.

A curfew has been placed on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, till further notice after members of the attacked on Sunday morning.

Monguno is about 126km north of Maiduguri the Borno state capital.

Credit: Channels

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