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Boko Haram Attacks: Nigerians Turn Refugees In Niger & Cameroon

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Boko Haram Attacks: Nigerians Turn Refugees In Niger & Cameroon

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January 24, 2014 – Boko Haram Attacks: Nigerians Turn Refugees In Niger & Cameroon

Thousands of people have fled across Nigeria’s borders with Cameroon and Niger amid renewed clashes between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram insurgents, the UN’s refugee agency said Friday.

Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said that 4,000 people had fled to Cameroon since mid-January, and 1,500 to Niger.

In northern Cameroon, UN aid workers met with refugees from around the town of Banki, which lies just over the border in Nigeria.

“The refugees said their villages were bombed, that several people had been killed and that at least two villages were burned to the ground,” Edwards told reporters.

Nigerian authorities imposed a state of emergency in three northern states in May 2013 in a bid to crush an insurgency by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Thousands of people have fled across the borders or to other parts of Nigeria to avoid being caught up in the fighting, to escape attacks by militants or to flee what human rights groups say is a heavyhanded government crackdown that has also affected civilians.

The new influx raises the number of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon to more than 12,400 — just over 2,000 of whom have been moved to camps deeper inside the country.

In Niger, meanwhile, those who have fled include 8,000 Nigerians and 30,000 Niger nationals who had been living in Nigeria.

The latest refugees there told UN aid workers that they had fled a village after its mosque was attacked, seven people were killed and 60 shops torched.

Most of the refugees were women and children, and were being hosted by the local community, Edwards said.

The UN has appealed to countries in the region to keep their borders open for Nigerians who need a haven, and not to send back any refugees.

Boko Haram have been fighting a drawn-out insurgency since 2009 in the mainly Muslim north, attacking schools teaching a “Western” curriculum and churches, claiming thousands of lives.

Emergency rule has largely succeeded in pushing the militants out of towns and cities in the wider north but attacks are still frequent in more remote areas, particularly in border regions.

[NAN Report]

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  1. Nonye Nwoke

    January 24, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    When will peace come to Nigeria pls I need an answer
    It’s pathetic to hear citizens are now fleeing to neighboring countries because of terrorism.

  2. Jeremiah Abiri

    January 24, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    God will deliver us from these blood thirsty islamic fanatics working for allah to kill people. It is so sad

  3. iron bar

    January 25, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    yes.we exterminate d their born to rule mentality..its not easy to come by but victory is near…we shall defeat this blood thirsty gangsters for the country to flourish

  4. Zanza

    January 25, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    This shows the extent of the north to frustrate a south president by force and fire. Immediately they achieve their desire Boko Haram insurgency will end. GEJ shall overcome his detractors including the so call born to rule for now Obj camp is shutdown by Senator Iyabo; other enemies shall equally be subdue in Jesus name. Amen

  5. Bolaji

    January 25, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Nigeria can neva b refuge Beta say boko haram islamist violent, turn refuge in cameru & niger, u can neva find chritians there becos their hands a nt full wit inocent pp blod, dat is just de beginin until u stop shedin inocent blod around de world, u shal find no peace, more are stil comin 2 u guys becos anybody dat kil people becos of brainwash seventy vigil in so cal heven has comit a evil great against humanity & God.

  6. red

    January 25, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    We have heard stories about the boko haram atrocities and not much from Nigeria military men WHY?,This it shall be well is really pissing me off,innocent parents and their kids live in fear because of some jobless useless vagabond whose future was heading to no way and formed a group to torture innocent people.,who have been brainwashing you into destruction.what will you gain from all this bloodshed? That’s the problem we have,we copy ONLY THE EVIL THINGS AND MAKE IT THE RULE OF LIFE.Am afraid for Nigeria and her citizens,if is not boko,is kidnapping or jungle justice,or armed robbers even wizards.The latest trend is gays and lesbians,may God have mercy on them and her useless high earn armed robbers with pen called leaders.

  7. davien

    January 25, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    @Red,do you believe what people want you to believe or do you go and get the knowledge yourself,don’t you ask why is it now that there is gay ban that people are being caught anyhow? So you believe it is a trend? That someone wakes up one day and decides to have sex with the same sex? A terrorist group is an organization dedicated to spreading fear and insurgence to their enemies,they believe western education is bad and are doing anything to stop it…even killing people,just as you all believe homosexuality is bad and people should be killed for it…”EVIL BEGAT EVIL” as the bible say…you terrorize gays and terrorists terrorize you,let me use african mentality to understand what i am saying,when a broom is divided it is easy to break one by one…but when the broom is together under a strong band,the broom is hard to break….laws are to be put in such a way that practising witchcraft would not be feasible e.g 1.all animals are to be butcher’d at the abbatoir 2.any markings on trees with paint or any form of colur without environmental permission is prohibited 3.Any sect that is not registered or known by the nigerian religious community and persons involved are to be fined 40,000 naira 4.traditional idols and relics are to be kept at the museum or in the possession of the right holders…any display of the relics openly would require them to be seized etc

  8. red

    January 25, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    Davien I can’t understand your whole point or what exactly you are trying to say.I do know and called gays and lesbians issue the latest trend because i red have no idea that there was a bill or vote been passed in Nigeria till it started making headlines all over the social media and Nigeria supporters as in US & CANADA issues so yes davien to me gays issues and kidnapping are the latest trends because they are trending seriously right now.Don’t let your support or fight for this gays group confuse you davien because am sensing you become hyper whenever you see the writing gay without getting to the depth of the matter.So ask me again davien and my answer will be yes,yes and yes gays are trending right now in Nigeria,The issue is all over the social media and is getting boring and a very silly topic to me when the time and energy should be directing towards saving the innocent people losing their life to the boko haram boys.Anyway thanks for not been rude because i don’t handle rude people very well.Any more question about my comment davien? I will be waiting.

  9. davien

    January 25, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    a trend is a “fad” that is widely accepted as the “in thing” to youths and is idolized,can you now understand me???

  10. davien

    January 25, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    if you had said trending on social media,i would clearly get your point.There is a difference between trending,trending in social media,trend-starters etc

  11. red

    January 25, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Davien,why do i have this feeling you are still a kid who is good with his words but still in his parents house? I will like to know if you davien is an adult or a kid because that will be stupid of me if am actually debating with a kid,your rebellious act and theory placed you to be a kid without a single knowledge of how the world works,The time you spend trying to make blind argument is becoming really annoying and irritating and tells me you may be a kid staying with your parents who pays your bills so you have all the time in the world to waste on I ask you davien, who old are you.some of your points are always outside of the topic at hand,how many books have you written so far if you are as good as you think.what are you known for outside naijagist.I have this questions for you davien how old are you because i work with children and have the same energy i have when am around them with you,you have all the time in the world because you may be sitting at home doing nothing but typing and posting right? No reasonable person of age will try to make people choke on their theory like you have been doing unless you are a baby because that’s how they get their way always fighting to have things their way ,you sound do much of a 16 year old to me because this is the age they are trying to find themselves and stupidly rebellious like you.Maybe you are on a debate team and you are trying to get different opinion from the public.whatever the case may be davien you are becoming very annoying and are good with your words like i said before try and use it to get admission to the university because am dead sure you have not see the world and what us made of,Davien my boy,you are still living in fools paradise and need to get up and see the world before you argue with adults who were here before you.correct me if you not up to 25 and living on your own if not please respect yourself my boy.

  12. red

    January 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Your comments are actually become so much and irritating that have to skip it once i see the name davien even when you making a point and i know for sure am not alone unless where you make a remark about their comment like you did with mine.Am still waiting to confirm if you a kid or adult before i voice out my thought about you my boy.

  13. parrot

    January 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    @davien abeg cari ur FAG mentality go sleep, wetin concern gay ryts n boki haram? sm ppl r just clueless

  14. concerned boss

    January 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    @red very sorry for u. Do you not know this man get disease of the brain melancholic.a man u know get all his comments from d net. @red u have being in fighting everybody now let me ask u did u lose ur boyfriend or ur down i like what u write but not this too much talk. U dey fall my respect big time leave the mad gay Google addict devil or davien make him dey bark . Tell me the truth u and dey date i want to know quick no make mistake talk to this mad man before people begin see you as mad not red.devil go cure ur nervous breakdown and gay madness yeye faggot get out from this place.eem red give me facebook address.

  15. red

    January 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Thanks for your concern concerned boss.sorry am not with facebook

  16. concerned boss

    January 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    @red okay phone number nkoo or u know get phone or email wetin u sidon dey do for wey full of people wey dey like talk rubbish for anothet person .you too wey be red don follow them they do like them a bi u knon say parrot want make he be say u dey talk to am or u know say d boy no reach u red u don change finish as you come back from that war way they say you no stay sweet again because of the mad parrot wey no get class.give me phone no make we talk waka comot for they no sabi do again na so so curse curse full here now + mad people way you don follow.go nairaland na big boys and girls wey get levels .comot for this boko haram camp before you go useless

  17. davien

    January 28, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Ignorance and inbred stupidity…

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