At least 100,000 displaced persons in Borno State will get identification numbers soon.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday said it has commenced national e-identity cards registration of the displaced persons in the northeast Nigerian state regarded as the birthplace of Boko Haram.

Its Country Representative, Antonio Kayangola, announced the inauguration of the pilot phase of the National Identification Number (NIN) and national e-identification registration in Maiduguri.

The UNHCR is collaborating with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Nigeria Bar Association, NBA in the registration that will deal with the issue of stateless persons and enhance security of persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast region.

“The launch marks the official implementation of an agreement signed on June, 7, 2017, between UNHCR and NIMC.

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“The agreement is to Register and issue ID cards to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno and northeast, where the issue of statelessness or those at risk of statelessness is reportedly high, especially in the wake of insurgency.

“Several reports including the UNHCR Vulnerability Screening Round III show that 99 per cent of households in Borno lack legal documentation,” Kayangola said.

According to him, 2.4 million persons were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

“Over 200,000 Nigerians are refugees in Niger, Chad and Cameroun without adequate documentation.”

At the launch of the registration, the Director General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Abubakar, said the commission had designated seven registration centres to facilitate smooth running of the exercise in the state.

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Abubakar said the commission was targeting 100,000 IDPs in the ongoing exercise.

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Usman Durkwa, commended the UNHCR and NIMC over the exercise, adding that it would go a long way to ensure displaced persons were protected.

He urged the UN agency to work toward repatriating Nigerian refugees in Cameroun, Chad and Niger Republics.

The registration was inaugurated at the Dalori, Farm centre and Gubio IDPs camps in Maiduguri.

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