FG okays Intl. Transit Camp in Fufore Adamawa
By; Tina Phineas, Yola.
The Federal Government has expressed its satisfaction on state of the art facilities deployed at the International Transit Camp in Fufore Local Government Area, Adamawa.
The Fufore Transit camp was a centre where repatriated Nigerians from Central African and Cameroon Republics were camped after being received by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), at Nigeria-Cameroon boarder in Mubi.
The camp was chosen as rest centre by the agency for few weeks or a month to enable the returnees relax, register and later be evacuated to their respective states.
Air vice Marshal, Charles Otegbade, on behalf of Director General of NEMA Alhaji Sani Sidi, led the team of Federal Government officials who received the returnees, expressed satisfaction on the sufficient facilities deployed at the camp.
Otegbade, who was the Director Search and Rescue of the Agency, said that thousands of Nigerians, who fled the country to Cameroon as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, had been returning home since August. “The Agency, between Mondays to Saturday received 1,306 Nigerian returnees from the Republic of Cameroon.
“Since from August this year to date, we received over 18, 000 Nigerians from Central African and Cameroon Republics.” Otegbade said.
He said that the number of the returnees was increasing on daily basis and that no record of casualty was recorded and that women and children were the majority among the returnees.
On the rampant complains of abuses experienced by the returnees while in Republic of Cameroon, the director confirmed that the agency received such report and it has passed it to appropriate authorities.
Narrating his experience while in Cameroon, Malam Modu Galti complained of been bitterly abuse by Cameroonian authorities.
Galti, who held from Bama, in Borno state, told newsmen that they fled to Camerron after their town (Bama) was attacked by Boko Haram. “We saw hell while in Cameroon, in fact we regretted fleeing there. We were seriously maltreated by Cameroonian authorities as if we are not human beings” Galti stated.
When asked how he felt now that he returned back to Nigeria, he replied that since their arrival at Sahuda, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon in Mubi South Local government area, the condition was clearly different.
“We were honorably welcome and received by Nigerian Authorities; In fact some of us broke into tears of joy.” Galti said.
Also narrating her ordeals, Madam Hafsat Amadu, a nursing mother from Gwoza Local government area, thanked the Nigerian authority for facilitating their evacuation back to Nigeria.
Amadu said she do not want to even remember what she experienced in Cameroon. “We left everything to the Almighty.” She said.
Our Correspondent reports that as a result of the improved security situation in the North East, normal activities such as businesses and reconstructions had significantly resumed in many towns and villages in the then affected areas.