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Residents Who Fled Damasak Return, Allege Molestation By Niger Republic Soldiers, Citizens

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Residents who fled Damasak, a city in Borno State, to the Niger Republic, have steadily began returning to the world, a army supply instructed SaharaReporters on Friday.

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The supply, who spoke with SaharaReporters, mentioned the governor of the state, Babagana Zulum, spent the evening in Damasak to make sure the safety of his individuals.



He mentioned individuals who fled as a result of varied assaults by Boko Haram insurgents previously week, have returned and a few vowed by no means to return to the Niger Republic. 

The supply said that a number of the returning residents alleged that they have been raped and molested by troopers within the Niger Republic. 

He mentioned a few of them swore that they might relatively be killed by Boko Haram in Damasak than return to the Niger Republic the place they have been subjected to varied inhumane therapies by troopers and residents.

He mentioned, “The governor visited Damasak city on Thursday and slept over. He’s nonetheless round. The person actually loves his individuals. He has gone across the city on foot to see the extent of the harm brought on by the Boko Haram assault. 

“Zulum introduced extra tools for the individuals and so many individuals are returning. The Brigadier-Commander tried to persuade Zulum that persons are nonetheless within the space however Zulum got here to see issues by himself. He isn’t somebody that may be deceived.

“A number of the individuals who returned mentioned the Niger Republic troopers molested and raped them. Not solely troopers, however even residents of the Niger Republic additionally harassed them only for the few days they spent there.

“A lot of them have vowed not to return to Niger once more, that they relatively die in Damasak than to go anyplace once more.

“They’re all pleased seeing their governor round, and extra persons are coming again.”

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