FG to repatriate 60,000 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau

The Federal Government on Monday pledged to repatriate 60,000 Nigerian refugees in the Minawao camp, Maruoa, in the Northern Region of Cameroon.

Retired Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, the Minister of Interior, was quoted in a statement released on Monday in Abuja, as making the pledge w

The refuges were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

According to the statement signed by the Press Secretary to the minister, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, Dambazau is currently on a three-day visit to Cameroon.

He reportedly donated food and other essential items to the displaced Nigerians on behalf of the Federal Government.

The minister was accompanied on the trip by the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, the Comptroller-General of the Immigration Service, Martins Abeshi and other senior officials.

He said the refugees would be brought back to communities liberated by troops.

Dambazau1Meanwhile, the minister and his Cameroonian counterpart jointly signed a communiqué at the end of a bilateral meeting on issues relating to exchange of information on the organisation and duties of Interior Ministry of both countries.

Dambazau also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of regular consultation mechanisms between authorities of the Cameroonian regions, and states in Nigeria located along the common border.

It was further agreed that the return of Nigerian refugees back home, would involve a tripartite agreement between Nigeria, Cameroon and United Nations Commission on Human Rights and Maritime Piracy.


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