Sokoto state lawmaker burst out in tears due to hundreds of Nigeria’s citizens in refugee camps

Sokoto Lawmakers

A distinguished member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly burst out in tears after seeing hundreds of his constituents living in the neighboring country, the Niger Republic, as refugees.

The lawmaker shed at the sad state of his constituents during a visit to an internally displaced individuals camp in the neighboring country.

They were confirmed to have lost their properties, homes, and livelihoods due to the activities and unrest from bandits and Fulani herdsmen.

Images showed the lawmaker in an emotional state with tears in his eyes.

Several states and organizations in the Northern part of Nigeria have been at the mercy of Boko Haram insurgents since the terrorist organization first struck in 2009.

According to a December 2020 report by a foreign organization, UNHCR, the group has dealt with nearly 2.4 million people in the Lake Chad Basin.

Findings from a recent investigation show that Nigerian refugees totaled about 304,562 while there are about over 2.1 million internally displaced in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the UNHCR spokesperson, Babar Baloch, at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, said since April 2019, 25 percent of the refugees who fled from relentless attacks by armed groups came from, Sokoto and Katsina states of Nigeria.

Babar said many of them had sought refuge in Maradi, the second-largest city in the Niger republic.

As a result of insecurity at the border region in Nigeria, an additional 19,000 Niger nationals have become displaced inside their own country.

The official also said the humanitarian agency is concerned about the rise of the refugees daily, “mainly women and children, following the deteriorating security and attacks inside Nigeria’s katsina and Sokoto states, also the risk of armed incursions spilling over into Niger republic.”

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