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Govt reopens Damboa market as Borno IDPs return home

Govt reopens Damboa market as Borno IDPs return home

After spending about three years outside their communities in camps, due to attacks by the Boko Haram sect, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on Monday returned to their homes, in Konduga, Borno state.

Governor of the state, Kashim Shettima said the action was aimed at allowing the IDPs celebrate Sallah in their homes, and urged them to be law abiding while at home

“We thank God for today because it is significant in our efforts to return people back to their liberated communities.”

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According to him, “Government has set aside 25 hectares of land to allow the people engage in meaningful ventures. We will assist those wishing to engage in agriculture in terms of improved seedlings and other things,” he promised.

In a related development, the Damboa Local Government Area on Tuesday re-opened the Damboa township market, which was closed in 2014 due to attacks.

The Damboa is located, the hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists.

The Caretaker Chairman of the council, which a few kilometres from the Sambisa forest, Alhaji Abu Hong, reopened the market at a ceremony in Damboa, headquarters of the council.

He said peace had returned to the area, hence the need to reopen the market. He however urged traders in the market to be security conscious and collaborate with security agents toward sustaining the peace in the area.

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