Bama Development Foundation, an association of indigenes on Bama, Borno State, on Sunday said 180,000 indigenes of the community are presently displaced and living in the various IDPs’ camps in Maiduguri.
The group said the displaced have been in the camps since September.
At a press conference in Maiduguri, Chairman of the Foundation Mallam Mohammed Hassan, said: “We have recorded about 180,000 IDPs from Bama taking shelters in four different camps in Maiduguri as at Oct. 31, 2014.
“The camps were located at the Yerwa Girls Secondary School, the Women Teachers College, the NYSC Orientation Camp and the Government Girls College, Maiduguri.”
Hassan said that some other IDPs have found their ways into neighbouring Cameroon and Chad Republic after fleeing the attack.
He lamented that the continued siege by the insurgents on Bama was creating hardship on the residents still trapped in the town, claiming that: “Only about 1/3 of the Bama population has been able to escape,
leaving the rest under the captivity of the insurgents.
“Most of those left were the weak comprising women, children and the aged. These people are currently exposed to hunger, starvation and diseases”.
Hassan while commending the military for reclaiming towns seized by the insurgents in Adamawa, appealed to the Federal Government to strive hard and free the town from the hands of the insurgents, so that the IDPs can return home.
“We commend the military for liberating towns like Mubi in Adamawa from the insurgents. We urge them to extend the war on insurgents to Bama and liberate the town so we can all go back home.”
He also commended Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima for providing shelter to the numerous Bama IDPs in Maiduguri and other public spirited individuals and corporate bodies who have extended a hand of friendship to the fleeing people of Bama.