Nigeria Govt. to Repatriate 4,982 Nigerians from Cameroon

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Nigeria Govt. to Repatriate 4,982 Nigerians from Cameroon
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The Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Senator Basheer Mohammed, has disclosed the commission’s plan to repatriate Nigerian refugees in Cameroon.

The decision, according to the commission, was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives all Nigerian refugees in Cameroon be returned back home safely to a life of dignity and pride with immediate effect.

Following the order, the commission met with the officials of the Cameroonian government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Maroua, Cameroon, over the weekend.

Speaking at the meeting, the Commissioner, who was represented by the commission’s Director of Refugee and Migration, Tai Ejibunu, added the importance of the meeting of the Technical Working Groups (TWGs) of both countries, on the Voluntary Repatriation of Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon and the support of the humanitarian ministry cannot be overemphasised.

In a statement by the commission in Abuja on Sunday, Mohammed, who is also the chairman of, Technical Working Group (TWG) of Nigeria on the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees, said the TWGs’ meeting is a forerunner to the Tripartite Commission (TC) meeting scheduled to hold this week.

He said: “The meeting this week would provide the latitude and platform for officials of both counties to have in-depth discussions on the protocols and strategies to follow in repatriating the several thousands of Nigerian Refugees that are stationed in Minawao Camp in the Republic of Cameroon”.

Giving details of the number of refugees to be repatriated, he said: “We have a total of 4982 to be returned hopefully. 3224 to Banki town and 1758 to Bama town in Borno State”.

He also commended Borno Governor Babagana Zulum for his efforts in ensuring that the citizens of his State in Cameroon are repatriated home safely and given a new lease of life.

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