Home sweet home!

22,000 Nigerian refugees have returned to the country after fleeing to the neighbouring Niger at the climax of Boko Haram attacks.

Over 10,000 returnees are also expected to be registered upon return in the next few days.

Officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and Borno State Emergency Management (BOSEMA), in collaboration with Nigerian Immigration, have registered the returnees to Damsak Town in Borno State.

Abdulkadir Ibrahim , Information officer for NEMA North East, said the return of 22,463 returnees displaced by insurgency was as a result of an agreement signed between Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger for the safe and dignified return of the displaced people.

The International Red Cross is providing food for the returnees, while United Nations Children’s Fund is providing medical care supported by officials of Mobar local government area.

A team of humanitarian partners comprising UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Activities, World Food Programme, UN High commission for Refugees and government agencies will assess Damasak to complement any gaps in providing needs relating to shelter, food security, water and sanitation.

Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group, has displaced over 2 million people in Nigeria.