The residents of 29 communities that share contiguous links with Alau Ngawa Fate that was attacked last weekend by insurgents have deserted their settlements because of fear of a possible attack.
The displaced persons, who alleged that they were chased away from some surrounding villages, said they had to make do with sleeping without mats or mattresses and in the open at the uncompleted structure of the Federal Training Centre, Maiduguri.
The displaced persons speaking to the representative of the Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, Mr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, lamented that they have found it difficult to feed after they fled their settlement and felt rejected by all known civilisation.
The representative of the governor, who brought relief materials to them, promised that their settlements are now safe and that they should return to the comfort of their homes.
The governor’s representative, who urged them to go back home, said the headmaster of a primary school in the vicinity has been instructed to open the classrooms to them so that they could sleep until morning when they will be expected to go back to their homes.
He said: “It is very unfortunate and shocking that you had been attacked and threatened by suspected Boko Haram gunmen that displaced all of you here at this Federal Training Centre, because of insurgents’ recent attacks and killings that occurred in most of your communities and villages in Alau Ngawo Fate general areas.
” Our governor, Alhaji Kashim, has directed me to distribute these relief materials that included, 200 bags and cartons each of rice, mattresses, 2,000 each of blankets and plastic mats, 100 each of jerry cans of vegetable oil and Maggie cubes for sharing among the affected victims displaced by the insurgents.
“All the materials are to be shared equitably without being discriminated against any affected victims. As the Dalori Estate Primary School premises would be made available for you to pass the night today, before you depart to your respective communities and village, the sum of N1 million had also been donated by the governor for your transportation and other stipends.”
Speaking on the safety of the returning victims, Lawan said: “the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in this state was a “collective action” by providing useful information to the military and other security agencies on the ‘modus operandi and hideouts’ of insurgents that had claimed many lives and property for over three years.