Residents of Mallam Fatori, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State, who fled to neighbouring towns in Niger Republic after insurgents’ attacks six years ago will be given the all-clear to return home in November.
Also, refugees from Abadam town will return home at a later date.
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Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum made the disclosure during clearance operation in the liberated town of Mallam Fatori.
The governor had spent two days in Diffa and Bosso provinces of neighbouring Niger Republic, from where he led some Nigerian refugees on Thursday, to undertake clearance exercise in Mallam-Fatori, headquarters of Abadam LGA which was in the hands of the insurgents for six years.
Governor Zulum explained that safe relocation of civilian population to Mallam Fatori will ‘hopefully’ commence by end of November 2021, after which authorities will explore the possibility of returning people to Abadam town, which was also occupied by insurgents.
Mallam Fatori, located in the fringes of Lake Chad, was violently occupied by Boko Haram for about six years before the military took control. Residents have been taking refuge in Diffa and Bosso, which are a stone-throw from Mallam Fatori.