At least 900 displaced Nigerians repatriated from Cameroon were on Wednesday evacuated to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the National Emergency Management Agency, after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked border communities.
The IDPs had been taking refuge in Adamawa State.
The camp coordinator of NEMA, Sa’ad Bello, said on Tuesday that NEMA received 650 Nigerians from Cameroon. Most of the returnees are indigenes of Borno state.
He said, “So far, we have received over 9,000 Nigerians who escaped from Boko Haram attacks to Cameroon Republic. The repatriated Nigerians were mostly women and children from Borno.’’
He said the agency has settled the IDPs in four major camps in the state including the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps in Girei Council Area and Malkohi IDPs Camp in Yola South Council Area.
He said others are Fufore Camp in Fufore Local Government and Saint Theresa Catholic Camp in Yola North Area.
In the meantime, Boko Haram, in reaction to the fierce onslaught by the Nigerian troops in Sambisa forest, are ransacking the Nigeria-Cameroon border communities, killing and setting ablaze many shops and houses, while looting foodstuff and live stocks belonging to the residents, residents said.
Some survivors, who crossed over to Cameroon, said the insurgents were armed with sophisticated weapons including AK47 rifles and petrol bombs.
Fleeing locals said some group of suspected Boko Haram terrorists defeated in Sambisa went wild attacking villages as hundreds of residents hide in Kirawa, Kolori and Ba’ana Imam villages in Borno-Cameroon borders.
One of the survivor, Modu Bello, said “they ransacked our villages last week, some of them are on mountains and remote areas.
“Even last week, they invaded Kirawa on the market day and wreaked havoc living many people dead with over 100 injured.”