Maiduguri: NEMA Deploys Special Team Over Fresh Boko Haram Attacks


BEVERLY HILLS, February 17, (THEWILL) - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed a special team in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to respond to the massive humanitarian crisis occasioned by fresh Boko Haram attacks in Borno and Adamawa States.

The special team from NEMA headquarters in Abuja is to complement the efforts of the Northeast zonal offices of the Agency as well that of the Adamawa, Borno and Yobe State Governments.

The NEMA Director-General, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, who gave the order for the constitution of the special team, is said to have instructed  the Director, Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade,  to immediately move to Maiduguri to lead NEMA's  efforts at  providing assistance  to the victims of Boko Haram attacks in the Northeast .

A statement issued by NEMA  Northeast zonal information officer,Abdulkadir Ibrahim, in Maiduguri on Monday, said : "In response to the rising tide of attacks around border communities in the North East,  the Director General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, has despatched the Director, Search and Rescue of the Agency, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, with additional staff from the Abuja head office to complement the efforts of the officials of the North East Zonal office who have been working round the clock providing relief assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPS ) affected by the incidents.

" The statement said further: "Within the last two weeks, camps have been created in schools and other secured locations in Alau, Kawuri, Konduga and Bama communities to cater for the IDPS.

" The statement said "As the situation improves, more camps are expected to be created to cater for more people," adding  "The zonal coordinator of the agency in the Northeast, Alhaji Muhammed Kanar, with staff of the zonal office and other stakeholders in emergency management like Red Cross and the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps have been working hand in hand to provide succour to those affected by the attacks.