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22 Weddings, 81 Births In 20 Months In Yobe IDP Camps

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22 marriage were contracted and 81 babies were delivered in the past 20 months at the Pompomari Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Damaturu in Yobe state.

The Executive Secretary of Yobe Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Musa Jidawa, who disclosed this in Damaturu on Saturday said that the camp was established in March 2015 for IDPs from villages in Gujba Local Government Area displaced by insurgents.

Jidawa also explained that 18 deaths were recorded during the period under review. The ES, who is the Secretary of the State Committee on Resettlement and Rehabilitation of IDPs, further said that the camp started with 4,211 IDPs but now hosts about 2,000 persons.

“The agency had within this period, circumcised 76 boys whose age range between five and 11years in an organised ceremony in accordance with their customs and tradition, to give them a cultural sense of belonging.

“The celebrants were each provided with new sets of clothes, one live chicken and a blanket as is the practice in their ancestral communities,” he said.

According to him, “The state government relocated 391 IDPs in the camp comprising 92 households to their respective communities, with each household provided a return package of two bags of rice, a bag of beans, vegetable oil, cooking pots, nylon mats, soap and N20,000.”