At the peak of Boko Haram Insurgence in the north east, Gombe state was the safest place for internally displace persons.

Over 43,000 displaced persons ran to Gombe of which 3,000 were kept in IDP camps in the state while others were spread across 11 local government areas.

Findings at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) revealed that the number kept increasing until the state government officially shutdown the IDP camp. 

Some of the IDPs left for their homes while others stayed back.

Abba Jatau, the chairman of IDPs living in Gombe state told Bounce News that there are still IDPs in Gombe despite not having an IDP camp in the state.

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"Up till this moment we still have records of 27, 603 IDPs in 11 LGA of Gombe state in our register"

"Most of our people are afraid to go back home because you cannot go 3 km outside our villages without not encountering armed Boko Haram fighters.

“We in villages around Damboa have no business other than farming and now one cannot go to farm because of the fear of Boko Haram who are always lurking around bushes.

"We have a very big farm lands around Lagara and Zongore where farmers from Kano and even far Niger republic came to borrow and farm but now that has turn history," he said.

Jatau said some of the IDPs are struggling to get back on their feet.  

"We are not living a good life here in Gombe and we cannot go back to our home and live a better life,” he said.

He added that IDPS mostly from Damboa, Askira Uba, Gwoza, Gujuba, Buni Yadi and Numan LGAS of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe state are mostly worried with the problems of food and house rent. 

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