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Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by CasNova: 9:34pm On May 13
Violence in parts of North-western Nigeria has forced an estimated 23,000 persons from the area to seek safety in neighbouring Niger Republic in one month, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said.
The agency said the number of fleeing refugees from the region to Niger Republic has increased to more than 60,000 since the influx began in April last year.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported last year how 40,000 Nigerians had migrated to Niger as a result of killings and kidnap for ransom crises in Nigeria.

The UNHCR spokesperson, Babar Baloch, at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, on Wednesday, said since April 2019, 25 per cent of the refugees who fled from relentless attacks by armed groups came from Sokoto, Zamfara, and Katsina states of Nigeria.
The details of the briefing were made available via a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.
Mr Baloch said many of them have sought refuge in Maradi, the second largest city in Niger.
He said as a result of insecurity at the border region in Nigeria, an additional 19,000 Niger nationals have become displaced inside their own country.

The official also said the humanitarian agency is concerned about the influx of the refugees, “mainly desperate women and children, following the deteriorating security and attacks inside Nigeria’s Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara states, also the risk of armed incursions spilling over into Niger.”

He also raised concern over the non-precautionary measures taken at the borders to check the refugees “despite border closures due to COVID-19.
“An estimated 23,000 people sought safety and security in Niger last month (April), as a result of the ongoing violence in parts of north-western Nigeria. This takes the total number of refugees fleeing that part of Nigeria to take sanctuary in neighbouring Niger to more than 60,000 since the first influx, in April last year.

“Since April 2019, people have fled relentless attacks by armed groups in the Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states of Nigeria. Most found refuge in Niger’s Maradi region.
“Fearing and fleeing the same insecurity in the border areas, an additional 19,000 Niger nationals have become displaced inside their own country.

“Many have also been caught up in the clashes reported being blamed on farmers and herders of different ethnic groups as well as vigilantism. Some 95 per cent of the refugees have come from Nigeria’s Sokoto state, rest from Kano, Zamfara and Katsina states. Mr Baloch said.
To address the violence, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) launched operation “Tsaftan Daji” (Clean Forest), to flush out the armed bandits in the North-West. The army also has an ongoing operation in the region.

Various state governments in the North-west, including those of Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina, are also negotiating with the armed bandits and have done prisoner swaps with them. The swaps have involved the release of arrested armed bandits in exchange for tens of persons kidnapped by the bandits.

President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Nigerian Army to join the police to flush out bandits from forests around the country, particularly in Plateau and Sokoto states.
Relocation of Nigerian Refugees
Mr Baloch also said the UN is working closely with authorities in Niger to relocate at least 7,000 refugees to safety.
He added that the UNHCR would continue the biometric registration of refugees to better assess their social needs.

“We are working closely with authorities in Niger to relocate at least 7,000 refugees to safety, in villages 20 kilometres away from the border, where water, food, shelter, access to health and other essential assistance can be provided. This will also enable to ease the pressure on host communities in border areas, where basic infrastructure and services are lacking.

“UNHCR needs to continue biometric registration of refugees to better assess their needs and lead the humanitarian response. Discussions are also ongoing with the authorities to recognize on a prima facie basis the refugees fleeing Nigeria and arriving in the region.”
Violence far from Lake Chad crisis
The UN said the violence in the region is not directly linked to armed groups operating in the Lake Chad and in the Sahel.

It, however, added Maradi to other areas in Niger struggling with insecurity, including in Diffa, Tillaberi and Tahoua, a situation it said was further straining humanitarian actors’ financial resources and their capacity to respond.
PREMIUM TIMES had also reported that a London-based research group, Conflict Armament Research (CAR), in January revealed arms used in the farmers/herders conflict in North-West Nigeria came from the same source as those used by the terror group, Al Qaeda, in Mali and other Sahel countries.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/392595-banditry-23000-nigerians-sought-refuge-in-niger-republic-in-april-un.html

Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Kingdemi212019: 9:37pm On May 13
Okay
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by lastempero: 9:39pm On May 13
Oh my country no fit protect their own again.

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by BeerParlour: 2:28am On May 14
lastempero:
Oh my country no fit protect their own again.

Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by helinues: 5:27am On May 14
Violence in parts of North-western Nigeria has forced an estimated 23,000 persons from the area to seek safety in neighbouring Niger Republic in one month, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said

While Burutahi has been chestbeating

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Imperare(f): 5:29am On May 14
sad
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Ubykcee(m): 5:29am On May 14
Sincerely, Nigeria has failed her citizens

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by omocalabar(m): 5:30am On May 14
Niger should throw them out ASAP. Whatever befalls them is well deserved

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by nairalandankrah: 5:30am On May 14
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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by nairalandankrah: 5:31am On May 14
[quote author=BeerParlour post=89523239][/quote]
That heart looks fresh..who get am??
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by ugbarreta(m): 5:32am On May 14
Hmmmmm...nawao. Naija my country.
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Galactico4ever(m): 5:33am On May 14
Damn! How did I Woke Up to this kinda news today? well,today Must better than yesterday
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by recievesense: 5:33am On May 14
chai

Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Galactico4ever(m): 5:34am On May 14
omocalabar:
Niger should throw them out ASAP. Whatever befalls them is well deserved
throw them out to where?
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by lordkrys(m): 5:34am On May 14
Nigeria which way na?
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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Galactico4ever(m): 5:35am On May 14
hogolonto:
if u won travel, y not go beta country...
This one na fleeing,no be travel
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by iCauseTrouble: 5:37am On May 14
shocked
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Karemarealty288: 5:40am On May 14
Let's not forget we were promised NEXT LEVEL.
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by StubbornGENIUS(m): 5:43am On May 14
And they are even negotiating with terrorists. NIGERIA WHO DID THIS TO YOU?

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by matex97(m): 5:44am On May 14
In terms of security, this current federal government is just like the sound of p in psychology or k in knife. I feel sad for the people affected currently.

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by EdiskyHarry: 5:45am On May 14
Na their problem be that,
During election time, all the refugees will be mobilized to come and vote, I wonder when these northerners will have sense.

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by matex97(m): 5:49am On May 14
StubbornGENIUS:
And they are even negotiating with terrorists. NIGERIA WHO DID THIS TO YOU?
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina alongside a top army officer sometimes last year took picture with a bandit that accepted amnesty. The bandit was wielding Ak-47 in the picture. Very pathetic situation

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by stevmatt15: 5:54am On May 14
The Lord is our Refuge
Psalms 16:1
"Protect us, O God, in you is our refuge."

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by ecolime(m): 5:56am On May 14
Their lives are safer there
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by MichaelDuf: 5:57am On May 14
23,000 hausa fulani sought refuge in Niger.

Bloody terrorists and killers of Biafrans. Let them.enjoy

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Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by stevmatt15: 5:58am On May 14
EdiskyHarry:
Na their problem be that,
During election time, all the refugees will be mobilized to come and vote, I wonder when these northerners will have sense.
They are human and you are human
Show sympathy and pity
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Mindlog: 5:59am On May 14
Sad.
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by Karlifate: 6:01am On May 14
Even the president's state is not safe & u expect other Northern States to be safe.
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by 9jaDoomCountry: 6:01am On May 14
No probs. Shebi dem say shekau is now crying begging for forgiveness. Dem go soon come back.

Bohari go soon build them estate before dem return.


North I greet una o.
Re: Banditry: 23,000 Nigerians Sought Refuge In Niger Republic In April by ofiko123(m): 6:08am On May 14
Which way Nigeria??

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