As The nation celebrates the Nigerian Army over their recent recapture of Rann and other neighbouring communities of Borno state from Boko Haram insurgents, Vanguard reports that there are more than 3,000 stranded IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) without food, water and shelter in the recovered areas.
A clearance operation was carried out by the troops of newly-inducted 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade, together with Army Headquarters Strike Group (AHQ SG) and the Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF), in Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge, a border community with Cameroun Republic and about 200 km drive from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
And as luck was on the troop’s side, they succeeded in wiping out the remaining number of the Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Kala Balge general area. Aside killing 22 members of the dreaded sect, the victorious troop also wiped out a handful of the terrorists in Wumbi, Tunish, Tilem and Malawaji as well as those of them hiding in the villages of Makaudari, Daima, Buduli, Sadigumo, Jiwe, Sidigeri and Kala.
However, sources revealed that after the Ngerian troops had cleared the terrorists off the area, more than 3000 people, majorly women and children, who made it through the fierce and destructive attack were presently being sheltered at Kala Balge.
Following inaccessibility by officials from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) or Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), these people are living under pitiable conditions, without any means of getting either food or water due to the absence of the agencies whose responsibility it is to render humanitarian services.
Stating that the report was true, Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Hon. Usman Zannah, in an interview expressed worry over the predicament of the helpless victims and gave an assurance that the Government is taking immediate measures to address the countless challenges facing the 3,000 stranded IDPs in Kala Balge. He said:
“We just received a message that more than 3000 people mostly women and children are stranded after the liberation of Kala Balge and other surrounding villages, we have started mobilizing security operatives, SEMA officials and members of the civilian JTF to deliver relief materials to them as soon as possible.”
The Information Officer of NEMA, Mallam Abdulkadir Mohammed, who also spoke about the 3,000 stranded IDPs said, “We have received the report that over 3000 IDPs were at some of our satellite camps in Kala Balge, and we have finished the assessment process, and very soon we will reach out to them”.