ICC Note: The Nigerian government plans to repatriate 80,000 refugees from Boko Haram who had fled into Cameroon back to Nigeria. The proposed site is in Adamawa state near Yola. Boko Haram has devastated northeast Nigeria with mass murder, looting, church destruction, kidnapping, rape, and suicide bombing, but recent military victories have cleared swaths of land the militant Islamist terror group once controlled. Christians have historically faced the brunt of Boko Haram violence where stories from the field report fighters targeting majority-Christian villages and enlisting Muslim residents to assist in pointing out Christian homes for attack.
By Daji Sani
4/18/16 Yola, Nigeria (AllAfrica) – The Federal Government has commenced steps to receive over 80,000 Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency from Cameroon. The location where the refugees will be resettled in Adamawa State has already been identified and inspected.
The proposed location is the permanent site of the Adamawa State Polytechnic which has been abandoned for over two decades. The site is situated at Konawaya village, a suburb of the state capital, Yola. Efforts are being made at rebuilding it, and making it conducive enough to accommodate the expected returnees.