The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the repatriation of about 6000 Nigerian fishermen and their families from Niger Republic.
The first batch of 4,000 arrived Geidam, Yobe State on Friday for transportation to their various states. The total number of 6000 to be repatriated is expected to be completed by Sunday.
They were asked to return home from the Lake Chad area for security reason .
The first batch of the returnees was carried in 18 buses from Geidam to Sokoto and Kebbi states.
Subsequently more than 40 high capacity buses and vehicles have been used to transport the returnees, while this is continuing until they are fully moved to their various states.
Director-General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, who was represented by the Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, in receiving the returnees, said the number had risen to about 4000 while available information indicated that more were being expected.
He said in addition to the transportation arrangement for the returnees, NEMA was also providing them with basic supports including food and sleeping materials at the transit camps in Geidam as well as facilitating security and medical supports for the sick.
He said two pregnant women with signs of labour were immediately rushed to the Yobe State General Hospital in the town where qualified medical personnel were now attending to them.
Air Commodore Otegbade said the returnees were profiled before being transported and assured the commitment of NEMA to fully support them at the transit camp and movement back home.
Most of them, he said, were fishermen from Taraba, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kano, Borno, Benue and Yobe states engaged in fishing activities around the Lake Chad, but were asked to return home as a result of impending military operations in the area by the armed forces of the Republic of Niger.