Stampede In Niger Rep. Kills 20 Nigerian Refugees


The report has indicated that up to 20 persons have died in a stampede in Neighboring Niger, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries during a stampede in the South-Eastern part of Diffa, in the above country. The stampede followed struggle by thousands of Nigerian refugees displaced by Boko Haram years of hostilities, to get relief materials supplied by Borno state government.

 In the early hours of Monday, Feb. 17 the gates of the facility holding about 120,000 Nigerian Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs were opened to allow them to collect some food items and monies. Governor of Borno state Babagana Umara Zulum, on Saturday, Feb. 15 paid a visit to the region to discuss modalities on safe and dignified repatriation of the IDPs, Isa Gusau. The Special Adviser to the governor on Public Relations and Strategy revealed the above in a statement on Feb. 16 in Maiduguri, Borno.

Mr Gusau also revealed that the governor held similar meetings in the past weeks in Abuja with heads of the Federal Ministries of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Foreign Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Humanitarian Affairs, and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.