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Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Over 136 Boko Haram survivors abandoned in Jega

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From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

Over 136 affected victims’ of Boko Haram, who are Kebbi State indigenes but based in Maiduguri, Borno State have been dumped in Jega, Kebbi state after two trailers in which they were travelling back to their state ran out of fuel.

Addressing newsmen yesterday at Jega, the Chairman of Jega local overnment area, Alhaji Haruna Harun Jega, said that two trailers that lost their direction and exhausted their fuel decided to drop their passengers, the survivors in Jega, Kebbi state even though they had not reached their destinations.

The chairman explained that after investigations into the incident by the security agencies and traditional rulers in Jega, it was discovered that none of them hailed from Jega, but more than half of them were from other local governments areas of Kebbi state, while others were from Mariga in Niger state.

‘’you see none of them is from Jega and after asking them where they were  from, some of them said they were indigenes of Bunza, Bagudu and Argungu local government areas of the state’’ he added.

He however, said that all arrangements have been concluded for dispatching them to their various local governments, also the state emergency agency had provided drugs to immunize children who are less than five years amongst them.

 The drugs such as vaccines for measles, yellow fever if eligible, paracetamol and ORT were made available.

Speaking earlier, the District Head of Jega and Sarkin Kabina, Alhaji Mohammadu Arzika Jega, commended efforts of the people in assisting the returnees with food stuff and other necessary items.

He expressed gratitude to Allah for saving their lives promising that the security agencies will keep an eye on them for their protection so that crisis does not break out in the area following their situation.

Also addressing the returnees, the state Executive Director of State Emergency Agency, Eng. Yahyah Chindo said necessary assistance has been rendered to relief the victims.

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