Cameroon to deport 4,000 Nigerian refugees

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Cameroon officials on Wednesday said it has concluded arrangements with neighbouring Nigeria for the return of 4,000 Nigerian refugees to their country by April 29.

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According to the region’s governor Midjiyawa Bakari, the refugees from Minawao camp, the only official refugee camp in Cameroon’s far northern region, voluntarily opted to return home.

“We have agreed with the Nigerian government that 4,000 refugees from Adamawa state in Nigeria will be returned.

“They are the first ones to return but the process will continue after that,’’ Bakari told newsmen.

According to him, they will return by air, while Cameroon will provide the security from the refugee camp to the airport.

“We (Nigeria and Cameroon) are discussing how we will do with their children that have been going to school here and the property they have obtained here,’’ he said.

(Ladun Liadi)

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