Maiduguri, March 23, 2017(TNE):Police on Thursday appealed to Borno State Government to close down all unregistered Internally Displaced Persons’ camps as they have become soft targets for suicide bombers.
Mr Damian Chukwu, the Commissioner of Police, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri.
Chukwu was reacting to Wednesday’s suicide bomb attacks on illegal IDP camps in which no fewer than four persons were killed and 16 others injured.
“We are calling on the government to close down these illegal camps without much delay for security reasons.
“The people inside the camps can be moved to registered camps if they are really displaced persons as they claim,” he said.
Chukwu said that the camps began to spring up in anticipation of support from some Non-Governmental Organisations.
”These people began to set up camps because some NGOs come around sharing food. It is doubtful if some of the inhabitants are really IDPs as they claimed,” he said.
Chukwu said that since suspected terrorists had begun to target the camps, government should dismantle them without wasting time. (TNE)