A new camp for internally displaced persons has been opened in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State.
The state government established the camp to accommodate indigenes of the state repatriated from the Republic of Niger recently.
Chairman of the state emergency management agency, Grema Terab received the first batch of One thousand, two hundred deportees today.
He said government has sent seventeen mass transit buses to Geidam to convey another batch of one thousand two hundred persons.
Mister Terab said the state government is considering ways of assisting the returnees to begin life again as peace gradually returns to the state.
He said the state government was not ruling out collapsing the new camp into the 20 already in existence after few months.
“When we are sure the local government of the deportees, we will allow them to mix with their people in the other local governments. We will also involve them in the larger programme of rehabilitation of the victims of the insurgency,” he said.
Some Nigerians escaped to the Niger Republic in the heat of Boko Haram attacks in the North East. But after the Nigerien soldiers assisting in the war against insurgents were killed last week, the Nigerien government ordered the repatriation of the Nigerian refugees.