No fewer than 10,ooo Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in seven camps within Yobe state have broken camp to return to their villages. Vanguard reports that some of the communities they returned to with police protection include Buni Yadi, Giniri, Buni Gari and Gulani among others.
This is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the handover of all liberated and recaptured territories to the Police by the military. It also followed the opening of the Damaturu-Buni Yadi-Biu road by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 12 (Bauchi) AIG Ayotunde Ogunsakin who confirmed the report in a telephone conversation with Vanguard said that the people’s decision to return to their homes followed the deployment of personnel and equipment by the Police to the affected areas.
“I can tell you that the Police have started taking over control of the affected areas in the North-East. New officers and men have been posted; equipment and logistics requirements have arrived. We have started taking full control,” he said.