More than 20,000 Nigerians from Sokoto and Zamfara states have fled to Maradi in Niger Republic as incidences of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery rise in the areas.
In a clip grabbed from a TV station in Niger and circulated on social media, the governor of Maradi, Zakiri Umar, said the refugees fled to their country due to rising insecurity in the Sokoto/Zamfara axis.
Also in the bulletin report, the Nigerian refugees have been in the areas for more than 10 months.
During a visit to the refugees, the head of Madarufa and Gidan Rinji districts in Niger Republic, Saleh Jibo, urged the host community to accommodate the refugees, saying Niger and Nigeria are the same.
“This time the situation worsens as the people are no longer safe in their homes. They had to migrate to the nearest country in search for a peaceful environment,” Jaafaru Bagwari, the leader of Barikin-Suburi said in the report.
Maradi, a major transport, trade and agricultural hub of Niger’s south central Hausa region, shares borders with Sokoto and Zamfara states.
On May 10, the governor of Sokoto State also confirmed the exodus of residents from parts of Sokoto to neighbouring Republic of Niger.
“I enjoin residents of Burunkuma communities and environs to stop relocating to Niger Republic.
“I will personally travel to the place and plead with those who relocated to come back home,’’ Mr Tambuwal said.