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ISWAP Scares Resettlement Efforts In Mallam Fatori, Northeast Nigeria

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) launched rockets in an attempt to scare off relocation efforts in Mallam Fatori, the main town of Abadam Local Government, Borno State.

In an attempt to scare resettlement plans, ISWAP terror group launched rockets towards Nigerian and Nigerien troops, and Borno State resettlement officials at the military base in the border town of Mallam Fatori, near Lake Chad.

HumAngle learnt that the base at Mallam Fatori, the headquarters of Abadam Local Government in northeastern Nigeria, was targeted by artillery rockets on Thursday, Aug. 26, with state resettlement and relocation officials in the area. Some security operatives in the base were impacted by the explosive projectiles.  

HumAngle understands that the Nigerien security forces provide escort to officials of Borno State, who usually move through the Bosso area of the country to access Mallam Fatori. 

The relocation team in Mallam Fatori has commenced clearing of some facilities and infrastructure in the area abandoned by locals, as part of rebuilding and rehabilitation activities to support the resettlement plan. 

On Saturday, Aug. 28, military helicopters were dispatched to conduct airborne patrol after ISWAP insurgents were sighted in gun trucks.

In July, Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, visited Malam-Fatori, intending to kick-start the process for reconstruction and return of refugees forced to flee the town. 


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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