At least 12,000 Nigerians who fled to Republic of Cameroon due to insurgency attacks in northeast Borno have arrived in the country, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Sani Datti, the agency spokesman, disclosed this on Wednesday in Yola, the restive northeast Adamawa State capital.
Datti told reporters that the returnees are presently undergoing screening by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and other security agencies.
He said NEMA had so far received 1,121 of the returnees out of over 12,000 who returned from Cameroon Republic.
The agency was presently providing food and non-food items, as well as medical cover to the returnees at the border, Datti added, noting that NEMA was waiting for the conclusion of the immigration and security screening.
Datti confirmed that arrangements had also been concluded to convey the returnees to a new camp in Fufore in Adamawa for proper care and rehabilitation.
He added that NEMA had also established contacts with the Borno government over the returnees who were mostly from the state.
Thousands of people have been killed in Nigeria’s insurgency and an estimated 750,000 Nigerians have been driven from their homes. Enditem