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Boko Haram still operating effectively in Northeast – Monarch

…says over 1 million IDPs yet to return home

By Kwizah Mbumbeh, Maiduguri

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar El-Kanemi on Tuesday begged Borno State governor, Babagana Umara to return displaced persons in Maiduguri camps to their various communities.

The monarch, who made this plea to the governor at Government House in, Maiduguri during his Sallah visit, said most of the displaced persons in camps were living in Abadam, Marte and Guzamala Local Government Areas, before they were attacked by Boko Haram in 2014.

He said many people have been displaced from their communities and forced to live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps for over five years.

“Boko Haram has never been defeated and the insurgency has posed a great challenge to our existence, as a state. I’m optimistic that with the coming of Prof. Umara, as Governor, very soon the IDPs will return to their ancestral homes and communities.”

He also appealed to the Governor, review the curfew time entry into Maiduguri metropolis from 4pm to 5pm. Umara assured the monarch that government will look into his requests for implementation, by presenting them before the next Security Council meeting.

“I will meet with the security chiefs this night and promised to table the raised issues,” he said, appealing that the monarch should also assist government to check youths’ restiveness and gangsterism.

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