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Borno: 7000 Residents return after two Years in exile



No fewer than 7,000 residents of Gomboru Ngala in Borno State have returned home after two years in exile.,


Hon. Abdulrahman Abdulkarim, the Local Government Chairman who disclosed this to journalists on Saturday in Maiduguri narrated that he was in Gomboru Ngala three days ago where he met with the over 7, 000 civilians to distribute relief materials to them and Fotokol town in Cameron.

Describing the situation in the town as pathetic, the local government boss however commended the brotherliness of the people whom he said are now sharing houses because of the destruction.

“Although almost all our homes are burnt but they agreed to share houses with their neighbors and they are ready to protect themselves from any attack, ”

“We jointly provided relief materials to them with according to the size of the families. Each of the families was given a bag of rice, grain, oil and cooking condiments to start their life.

”We need paramilitary to secure our borders so that whoever wants to go in will be screened at the border. Our people are ready to support the security agencies. In fact the military are already on ground and are doing good job there.

” We have more 7000 people that have returned as at last Thursday. So more people are still coming. In fact they are eager to come back to come, ” Hon. Abdulrahman disclosed.

Boko Haram insurgents invaded the border town of Gomboru Ngala between Nigerian and Cameron about two years ago, where hundreds of civilians were killed and over 50,000 residents were forced out of their homes either to Cameroon or Maiduguri and Adamawa state.

It will be recalled that the Nigerian troops reclaimed Gomboru Ngala five months ago from the militants after the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Buratai led top generals and security outfit to raise the Nigerian flag at the border town.