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Niger Forces Nigerians to Leave Country in Wake of Boko Haram Battle




Niger is reportedly forcing Nigerians away from Lake Chad in the wake of a deadly battle with Boko Haram.

Voice of America reports that thousands of Nigerians working in the fishing industry in the region are being deprived of their livelihood, following their forceful ejection.

Reports state that the Niger government gave the order following a Boko Haram attack on the island of Karamga in Lake Chad last month, that killed at least 74 Niger soldiers and civilians.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern over the situation.

Karl Steinacker, Niger’s UNCHR said, “People’s livelihoods have been destroyed because they have been told you can no longer live and work on the lake, and now they are told, OK, but in any event, we’ll take you back to your country. So they say yes… What other options do they have?”

Steinacker also revealed that the migrant workers are being sent on trucks into Nigeria’s Yobe state, which has been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Photo Credit: AP/VOA


  1. Itofa

    May 8, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Small countries will just be forming bad guys for naija, chai!!!!!!!!!!! who will blame them, na our leaders and ourselves I blame. niger??????????????????

  2. chi-e-z

    May 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    How can they tell the difference? Do they just ask if u r nigerian or niger-an ??? The people living in between basically tkae attributes of both right? and speak french as well right?… I’m confused but can Nigerian government just wake-up and stop being selfish and take care of their country cause oneday this could be their child they are spending half-mil to go to havrd,oxford e.t.c getting kicked out or attacked for being nigerian.

  3. TA

    May 8, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Its a sad state of Affairs across the African continent. All shades of Xenophobia being dished out. Why can’t humans simply co-exist in Peace? *sigh

  4. FluxWap.Com

    May 8, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    God help us with this problem

  5. Thwarts

    May 8, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Lagos alone is full of Niger okada riders and megards (gatemen) making money undisturbed. Even Igbobi hospital are full of their accident victims. Every church rat country will abuse Nigerians with not consequence from the Nigerian govt.

  6. Amadioha

    May 9, 2015 at 6:34 am

    All this thus not seem to border D Federal govt anyway… Wot a pity…failed regime

  7. Cd2

    May 16, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Its a great pointer to the fact that its time for nigerians build their fatherland vis a vis holding their leaders accountable for whatever they do while in office. Nigerians come home lets build this nation!

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