Borno, Anambra Top Evacuees From Troubled Central African Republic – NEMA


Borno State with over 300 citizens tops the list of Nigerian evacuees from the troubled Central African Republic (CAR).

Anambra State with 280 has the second highest number with more than 1,113 evacuated at the weekend.

A NEMA official involved in the evacuation – who did not want his name mentioned – gave the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the figure.

The military has joined in the efforts to evacuate Nigerians from the country which is going through religious war.

NAN also reports that three injured evacuees are receiving treatment at the Nigeria Air force Base Medical Clinic on the Airport Road in Abuja.

Mr Umar Abubakar, an indigene of Borno, who is being treated for bullet wounds from the crisis in Bangui, said he was shot on the chest while trying to run to safety.

NAN reports that an aged woman who gave her name as Hajia Aisha is being treated for High Blood Pressure.

Aisha, who hails from Mubi in Adamawa, said she and her grandchildren were among survivors from the Bangui crisis.

Another evacuee, Malam Musa Mohammed, who is also ill, is receiving treatment at the medical clinic located at the Airforce Base, on Bill Clinton way, near the airport.

Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi, the Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), appealed to state governments whose indigenes were affected to collect them from the Hajj camp in Abuja.

Sani-Sidi made the appeal yesterday in Abuja while on inspection of the Hajj Camp where the evacuees are being accommodated.

He said prompt collection of the evacuees from the camp by the state governments whose indigenes were affected, would reduce their suffering.

“The immediate collection of the evacuees will facilitate their integration into the society.

“The affected state governments had since been contacted to collect their indigenes from the camp.

“The evacuees were interviewed in Bangui and certified to be Nigerians,” he said.