50 Out Of 4000 Nigerians Chased Out Of Niger Republic Died Of Starvation, NR Soldiers Shot Some
May 7, 2015 – 50 Out Of 4000 Nigerians Chased Out Of Niger Republic Died Of Starvation & Dehydration, NR Soldiers Shot Some
Thousands of Nigerians told to leave neighbouring Niger in the past week due to threats from Boko Haram militants have died en route from lack of food and water, evacuees told Reuters.
Niger has evacuated Nigerians living around Lake Chad, military and aid officials told Reuters on Tuesday, as the armies of four west African nations battle to quash the Islamist militants.
“I counted over 50 people that died on our way out of (the town of) Lalewa when the Niger soldiers were chasing us as if we are animals,” said 45-year old Ibrahim, one of the group who was originally from Nigeria’s Kebbi state.
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator OCHA said that 25,000 people had arrived in the towns of N’Guigmi and Bosso in southeastern Niger after fleeing their island homes on Lake Chad. OCHA said most of these families needed shelter, food and water.
The governor of Niger’s Diffa region initially told people to leave by Monday for security reasons after an attack by Nigeria-based Boko Haram, which killed 74 people. The deadline has been extended to Thursday evening.
A six-year insurgency by Boko Haram in Nigeria has seen thousands killed and displaced about 1.5 million people in the country.
Nigerians who fled to the Nigerian border said they had been called out of their homes, lined up and brutally hurried out with no supplies.
Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Wednesday that at least 6,000 people had fled to Nigeria.
Musa Samaila, a fisherman from Lalewa, said he had walked for three days and his son had died of dehydration in his arms.
“I can’t believe what happened that the government of Niger just woke up and decided to chase us out of a place where we have been doing business for years,” Samaila said.
Niger’s prime minister said the government was supplying food and healthcare to those who arrived at the camps in N’Guigmi and Bosso while thousands of other Nigerians had been repatriated.
One of those who fled, Hanatu Saidu, told Reuters that her husband had been shot by a Nigerien soldier in the leg when troops came to their town and told them to leave.
There was no systematic process for repatriating the Nigerians, evacuees said.
Some were picked up in trucks at the border town of Mainé-Soroa and taken to two camps in Geidam in Nigeria’s Yobe state, set up in a primary school and a small stadium. Others walked the whole way or got rides for part of the way.
“The need arose because the Niger government wanted to conduct military operations in those areas,” Air Commodore Charles Otedegba, director of Search and Rescue at NEMA said.
“They offered to relocate the Nigerian citizens to some of the IDPs (internally displaced people) camps within Niger but the people refused and chose to come back home.”
May 7, 2015 at 4:27 PM
Let all the niger citizen inside Nigeria get ready for mass deportation
this kind of humiliation is out of it
May 7, 2015 at 5:01 PM
6 people were killed in the recent xenophobic attacks in SA and none of them were Nigerians,but you were all with threats,calling south africans names. But now,your very own neighbouring country did worse than that,50 of your people died ,what’s your say about this now? .. You people love being burdens ,every country you step in,you either get arrested,chased or killed.. Clearly the world hate you. why don’t you stay in your own country? You’ve got such a beautiful country,being the largest africa’s economy you sure can show world you can make it on your own,you don’t need them.. You’ve got the potential.
May 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM
Abby, one africa. What ever happens to one black nation happens to all black nations. We need to stand together and fight the same thing that is tearing us apart. Nigerians might be a heavy load for any country, but they still help in boosting the economy. Dont forget africans are everywhere around africa. We all share the same ancestors. So u guys treating nigerians like evil seeds should remember how many times we came to Africa’s aid, without any strings attached, we are suffering as a nation because we try to make our neighbours happy.
May 8, 2015 at 10:49 AM
So Nigeria dey do Xenophoia also???, so afterall South Africa is not the only animal here…. Better to chase foreginerthan your own people. When Xenophobia was in South Africa, Nigerians were cursing and insulting SOuth africa Afrca. What do they say now???? disgrace!!!!