IDPs in tears, warm embrace as they reunite with relations, friends

Most of them are from Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas in Adamawa.

Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on Saturday, March 28, shed tears of joy as they were reunited with their family members and relations during accreditation at IDP special polling centre, Yola 2015 general polls.

The IDPs wept as they reunited with their relations whom they thought were dead when Boko Haram sacked their towns in 2014.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many IDPs were seen in warm embrace with relations and friends.

Most of them were from Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas in Adamawa.

One of them, Hajara Samuel, seen at the IDPs Special Polling Centre, Aliyu Mustafa College, Yola, told NAN that he was separated from his family five months ago by Boko Haram insurgents.

She, however, expressed joy that the exercise had afforded them the opportunity to reunite.

Samuel, who was in tears, said that before the insurgency, he and his neighbours used to cast their votes in the same unit in Michika LGA.

Alhaji Haruna Manzo, who hails from Bazza in Michika, said that since he and other IDPs fled Michika in 2014, he was seeing his immediate neighbour, Ezekiel Haruna, for the first time.

Manzo described Haruna as a closed friend adding they fled for safety when Boko Haram elements took over their village.


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