IDPs Seek Permanent Settlement In Yobe State.

Over 10, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who are non-Yobe indigenes currently taking refuge at the Kukareta town outskirts of Damaturu the Yobe state capital, have opted to permanently reside in the state.

Speaking through the village head of Kukareta of Damaturu Local Government Area Lawan Babagana, the IDPs are of the opinion that the Boko Haram insurgents are still operating in some communities within their ancestral homes hence, they have opted to stay in Yobe state permanently.

Kukareta town has for the past four years witnessed unprecedented visitors displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Over 18, 000 households have within the period been hosted by the Kukareta community and the Yobe state government.

However, with the relative peace being enjoyed in most of the north east states bedeviled by the Boko Haram insurgents, the population of IDPs in the community is said to have reduced from over 18,000 to about 10,261 households.

Babagana told Channels Television that the IDPs have continued to receive news of pockets of attack within their ancestral homes, hence there is no need to return as their safety is not guaranteed.

He said the facilities initially provided by the state government, Non-Governmental Organisations among other philanthropists such as; schools, healthcare facilities and water supply, are still functional hence their stay in the community will not in any way over-stretch the existing facilities.

He also stated that he had taken the matter to the Yobe state government through the Damaturu Local Government as well as the Damaturu Emirate Council as the Ministry of Lands and Survey has been assigned to take stock of the land requirements for their settlement.

Secretary to the Yobe state Government, Baba Malam-Wali also addressing the issue, said the government has been adequately briefed on the desire and requirements of the IDPs and according to him, efforts are being made to hasten their settlements.

Boko Haram did not kill 150 in Yobe – DHQ

Nigeria Defence Headquarters has denied media reports which claim that over 150 people from Kukuwa-Gari village were shot dead by Boko Haram gunmen in Yobe State while many others fleeing from the gunmen drowned in Yobe River in the mid-afternoon yesterday.

 

Colonel Rabe Abubakar, Acting Director, Defence Information described the story as untrue and utterly scurrilous and misleading in a statement issued on Wednesday.

 

The Defence spokesperson however explained that the truth of the matter is the military got an intelligence report concerning a planned attack by Boko

Haram on Kukuwa-Gari village in Yobe State.

 

He added that following the tip-off, troops and civilian JTF laid ambush between Kukuwatashi and Kukuwa-Gari villages.

 

“The insurgents ran into them and a gun-battle ensued in which four Boko Haram members and one civilian JTF lost their lives,” he further explained.

 

Col. Rabe said at the end of the encounter, two AK 47 rifles and two motorcycles used by the Boko Haram terrorists were recovered.

 

“The Armed Forces therefore implore the media to always seek clarification of stories before going to press as most of these unsubstantiated reports tend to embolden or encourage the terrorists to believe they are invincible, thus instilling perpetual fear in the minds of the citizens, especially, those in the contested areas of the North East.

 

“The military is doing all within its power to protect lives and property of Nigerians in any part of the country and thus, solicits cooperation and understanding of the media to be partners in progress in this noble task,” Rabe concluded.

 

Source : PM News