Govt plans repatriation of 120, 000 refugees from Niger republic

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The Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum has visited the Niger Republic to discuss modalities for safe and dignified repatriation of 120, 000 refugees.

Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the governor on Public Relations and Strategy, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Maiduguri.

Gusau said that the governor had on Saturday, visited Diffa District of Niger Republic and met with the refugees who fled their homes due to the Boko Haram insurgents’ attack since 2014.

He said that the visit to Niger was to contribute to arranging modalities to fast-track the safe and dignified return of the refugees for resettlement in Borno.

Gusau said that the governor held a similar meeting in the past weeks in Abuja with officials of the Federal Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The governor’s aide added that the meeting centred on the discussion for dignified repatriation of Borno citizens taking refuge in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger Republics.

“With that meeting in mind; Gov. Zulum traveled to Bosso, Garin Wanzam and Tumur, all in Diffa province, to meet with the refugees.

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