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JUST IN: Military commences relocation of Jakana residents back to their community

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The Nigerian Army has commenced the relocation of the evacuated residents of Jakana who are currently at the Bakassi IDP camp in Maiduguri back to their community in Konduga local government area, Daily Correspondents has learned.

This followed the intervention of Governor Shettima on Wednesday when he paid visits and ‎held separate closed door meetings with the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, the chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and Director General of State Security Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi over the issue.

The meetings, which was at the instance of Shettima, discussed issues of security including the recent relocation of residents in Jakana to an IDP camp in Maiduguri, which the military in Borno State said was for operational purpose in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.

The military authorities had on Monday ordered the relocation of residents of Jakana village, a community in Borno State, amidst concerns that Boko Haram insurgents use the community as a hideout to launch attack.

According to security officials, the recent resurgence of Boko Haram assaults on the village and its neighbourhood was as a result of alleged collusion of the villagers with the outlawed group.

It was gathered that the military’s decision to relocate residents of Jakana was without consultation with the Borno state government.

Speaking to Daily Correspondents on Thursday morning, an official of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, who would not want his name mentioned because he was not allowed to speak to journalists, said the military has reached an amicable resolution of the issues at stake with the Borno state government.

He said the Nigerian Army and camp management officials at Bakassi IDP camp in Maiduguri met on Thursday morning and have commenced preparations for the relocation of the evacuated people of Jakana back to their community, starting with the relocation of women and children.

“The relocation will commence with evacuation of women, children and the other vulnerable groups before the men.

“Food and non-food items are being mobilized by NEMA for distribution in Jankana community to reduce the effect of the disruption of economic activities as a result of the evacuation,” he said.

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