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Insecurity: Northwest Nigeria State Returns IDPs To Their Communities

Zamfara State had recently put strict security measures in place in a bid to arrest the insecurity situation in the state.

The government of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria has started taking internally displaced persons (IDPs) back to their various communities.

Faika Ahmed, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management disclosed this to the News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN), while addressing journalists on Friday, Sept. 10, at Gusau, the state capital.

According to Ahmed, the state government had provided materials and logistics to over 400 IDPs to aid their return.

She said that the IDPs—who consisted mostly of women and children—were accompanied by security operatives and handed over to district heads.

The commissioner stated that about 184,000 households have been affected by the terrorism which has ravaged the state for long, adding that the state has about 600,000 IDPs.

Zamfara, like other states in the country’s Northwest region, has witnessed a wave of attacks by terror gangs, sweeping across its nooks and crannies with thousands of people caught in the crossfire.

Recently, states in the Northwest put strict security measures in place, in a bid to arrest the insecurity in the region. Asides the similar security measures— closure of some markets, ban on inter and intra state cattle trading—that the states have taken, Zamfara took it a step further, by shutting down mobile communication within the state.

Since the security measures in the state were announced, Nigeria military has also launched its offensive against the terrorists to dislodge them off their hideouts in thick forests.

While there are concerns about the returning of the IDPs, Ahmed said calm had been restored to most communities experiencing terrorism.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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