Nigeria: Over 1.7 Million Nigerians Still Displaced in the North – allAfrica.com

Over 1.7 million Nigerians are still living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 12 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a document obtained by LEADERSHIP Weekend has revealed.According to a Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) programme that began operation in July 2014 by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abuja, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara are facing a crisis of victims that are not living in their houses.The report stated that about six local governments are yet to be reached in Borno State for the survey as a result of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.By December 15, 2016, the estimated number of IDPs in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe states was put at 1,770,444 (or 313,923 households).The report indicated that of the figure, 46 per cent are children between the ages of 1 and 18 years – with 54 per cent of this figure female, while 7.4 per cent of the IDP population above 60 years.”This (figure of 1.7million) represents a three per cent decrease from the 1,822,541 IDPs reported in the previous DTM (Round XII, published Oct. 31, 2016) assessment.”The decrease shows the continuing trend of IDPs returning to their LGAs of origin, particularly in the Borno State. Consequently, the estimated number of returnees is 1,039,267, as identified in this DTM round. This number is up by 80,718 from 958,549 in DTM Round XII”, DTM stated.NEMA spokesman, Sani Datti, said the report came in response to the need for reliable information on IDPs in conflict-affected parts of Nigeria.

Source: Nigeria: Over 1.7 Million Nigerians Still Displaced in the North – Report – allAfrica.com

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