Over 3,000 residents have returned to Damasak town following the reopening of Maiduguri – Gubio – Damasak Road by the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima on Sunday.
Most of the returnees who had been earlier displaced by serial attacks on the community by Boko Haram insurgents, are returning from Niger Republic and Maiduguri where they had earlier taken refuge.
The IDPs and refugees are returning to Damasak town as troops of the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army are stabilising security in Northern Borno.
Currently, meetings have been held with Local Government Officials, Community and village elders, religious leaders, Civilian JTF and Vigilantes to screen the returnees and work out modalities for their resettlement.
It could be recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai had celebrated Christmas with troops in Damasak yesterday after the official reopening of the road.
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