Fifteen thousand, two hundred and four residents of Damboa village, Borno State, were displaced by last weekend’s attack on the community by insurgents, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Monday.
Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri, the Northeast information officer of the agency, AbdulKadir Ibrahim, said the internally displaced persons are presently seeking refuge in Biu, Maiduguri, both in Borno state and Goniri in Gujba local government area of Yobe state.
According to Ibrahim, the number of displaced persons in Biu as at Monday stood at 10,204, 3000 in Maiduguri and 2,000 in Goniri.
He said the displaced people were not only from Damboa town but from surrounding locations of Kimba, Madaragrau, Mandafuma, Chikwar Kir, Bomburatai and Sabon Kwatta.
Ibrahim, who disclosed that the agency has concluded plan to take relief materials to the displaced persons, said “NEMA is going for camp management in the aforementioned locations to cater for the needs of the IDPs.”
He said initial assessment indicates that the IDPs require basic household items including plates, spoons, towels, cups, clothings, beddings, food items, blankets, mosquito nets and sanitary pads.
The NEMA spokesman said the new IDPs have raised the initial figure of 149,903 persons that the agency have had to attend to from January, 2014 to date.
He said the Director General of the agency, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, has to sacrifice his proposed visit to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj to supervise efforts at serving the emerging humanitarian crisis as a result of the capture of Damboa by the insurgents and subsequent mass exodus.