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Cameroon deports 5,000 Nigerian refugees to Borno

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Cameroon deports 5,000 Nigerian refugees to Borno

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has disclosed that 5,000 Nigerians refugees have been deported to the state from Cameroon.

In accordance with a statement on Zulum’s social media page, the handing over occurred on Monday and was led by the Minister for Territorial Administration of Cameroon, Paul Atanga Nji, and other officials of his nation.

Cameroon deports 5,000 Nigerian refugees to Borno

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum

The repatriates were part of thousands of Nigerians, majorly from Borno, who since 2014, escaped in groups to Minawao camp situated in Mokolo, far north province of Cameroon, to escape the killings of Boko Haram.

The returnees get new homes, food, and cash.

The statement stated, “Cameroonian officials, led by Minister for Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji have repatriated and handed over first batch of 5,000 Nigerian refugees to Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum.

“The hand over took place on Monday, at a brief ceremony in Amchiide, a border community between Nigeria and Cameroon, close to Banki in Bama local government area of Borno central.

“The returnees were part of thousands of Nigerians, mostly from Borno, who since 2014, fled in batches to Minawao camp located in Mokolo, far north region of Cameroon, to escape Boko Haram’s killings. Many Nigerians in uncertain numbers, some accounts saying more than 60,000, fled to the camp from parts of Borno and Adamawa but over the years, the number came down following isolated returns.

“The handover ceremony was attended by top officials from Cameroon, including Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakary and officials of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR.

“Cameroonian Minister for Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji Paul announced that President Paul Biya had approved a big relief package which included food items, mattresses, blankets and other non-food items for distribution to all 5,000 returnees as support.

“The Minister commended Governor Zulum for constructing homes where the refugees were to be resettled.

“Governor Zulum had approved funds and supervised the ongoing construction of over 6,000 urban and low-cost resettlement houses sited in Banki, Gwoza, Kondugu, Kaga and different others, with a substantial number already completed. The majority of them are used for resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons.”

Zulum expressed his appreciation of the donation made by the Cameroonian President and showed gratitude to him and other officials and also host communities for taking good care of the Nigerian refugees in the last six years.

He said, “I wish to sincerely convey our deepest appreciation to the government of Cameroon under the distinguished leadership of President Paul Biya, for the enormous support to my fellow Nigerians who took refuge in the Minawao [refugee] camp. We remain eternally grateful.”

“The repatriation was to implement the outcome of a tripartite commission meeting held in Marwa, Cameroon, February 10, 2021, which was attended by officials from Cameroon, the UNHCR and a Nigerian delegation that comprised Governor Zulum and top officials from federal ministries of foreign affairs, humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs as well as Zulum’s special adviser on monitoring and evaluation, who chairs a technical committee on the repatriation, Engr. Lawan Abba Wakilbe.”

 




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