The Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, has said all camps for internally displaced persons (IDP) located within Maiduguri, the state capital, will be closed by December 31.
Zulum stated this on Friday while addressing State House correspondents, following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
According to him, the decision has been taken, because of an improvement in the security situation in the state.
Zulum noted that displaced people will now be able to return to their ancestral homes.
“I came to brief the president on efforts made by Borno state government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their homes.
“So far so good, Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure the closure of all internally displaced persons’ camps that are inside Maiduguri on or before December 31,” Zulum said.
He added that Bornoe state is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, for the safe return of displaced persons currently in Niger and Cameroon.