The Nigerian government on Tuesday said it has registered a total of 11,449 citizens who returned from Niger at the transit camp in northeast city of Geidam in Yobe State.
The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Muhammad Sani Sidi, said in a statement reaching Xinhua that the agency transported about 7,000 of the returnees to their various states.
Sani Sidi said transportation of the returnees continues as the agency is also continuing with the provision of basic supports at the transit camp.
He said more relief supports have also been deployed to support them while at the camp.
The returnees are identified to be Nigerians from northern Borno, Taraba, Jigawa, Kano, Benue, Bauchi, Sokoto, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Imo, and Delta states.
Niger is hosting more than 100,000 other Nigerian refugees who have fled Boko Haram and are living in camps outside the Lake Chad area.
Nigerian troops have been rescuing women and children from Boko Haram’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest.
Boko Haram has grown from a small but lethal insurgency in northeastern Nigeria to an out-of-control force that is threatening the region’s stability in its battle to establish an Islamic state.
The International Organization for Migration said in January that the number of Nigeria’s displaced people may have reached or even topped the 1 million mark. Enditem