Boko Haram: One million have fled Nigeria, 650,000 displaced – AGF

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The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Min­ister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, confirmed on Tuesday that close to 650,000 Ni­gerians have been internally dis­placed in the North Eastern part of Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began in the region.

Adoke also said that there are also one million Nigerians who are now refugees in neighboring countries of Cameroun, Chad and Niger. “This situation has posed grave humanitarian prob­lems in the affected areas, includ­ing the neighboring countries.”

The AGF disclosed this in a speech at the high level segment of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland.

He noted with regrets that the situation has caused grave hu­manitarian situations in the af­fected areas.

According to him: “Nigeria’s experience in combating terror­ism and insurgency perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect in North-Eastern Nigeria, and our com­mon borders with Chad, Niger and Cameroun, clearly demon­strates the relevance and poten­cy of international cooperation and solidarity in tackling this scourge.”

Adoke, however, pointed out that the federal government has noted with satisfaction the re­cent successes achieved by se­curity forces and the increased level of cooperation at regional and sub-regional levels to raise a multi-national force of 8,700 in­volving Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin by the African Union, with support from our global partners.

“My delegation believes that this initiative offers valuable les­sons for the global community. In this regard, I cannot overempha­sis the need for increased finan­cial and material support for the multi-national force, as well as the internally displaced persons and refugees,” he said.

The AGF explained that Nige­ria chose to return to the Human Rights Council because of her strong belief that she can con­tribute her quota to ongoing ef­forts to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights across the globe.

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