Federal government resumes repatriation of displaced Nigerians from Cameroon

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Displaced Nigerians from the North East who are still in Cameroon will soon return home as the Presidential Committee on the Repatriation, Return and Resettlement of Displaced Persons in the North East ordered the immediate resumption of their repatriation.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who is Chairman of the Committee gave the directive at the Presidential Villa during a meeting of the committee where the report of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on the repatriation of displaced Nigerians from the northeast was introduced by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, who is the deputy chairman of the committee.

According to a statement by his media assistant, Laolu Akande, prior to the inauguration of the Presidential Committee, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) in collaboration with other agencies had repatriated over 4,000 displaced Nigerians. of Cameroon before stopping the operation.

There are thousands of Nigerian refugees in the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon who need to be repatriated to their homes in Nigeria.

Professor Osinbajo ordered that while the committee considers the report of the TWG, the Refugee Commission should without further delay resume the repatriation of displaced Nigerians from the Republic of Cameroon which it had previously commenced.

The Vice President noted that the repatriation and resettlement of Nigerians displaced in Cameroon and other neighboring countries as a result of the insurgency in the North East remains a priority, hence the Commission on Refugees and other competent agencies must ensure that the objective has been achieved.

Speaking to State House correspondents later, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, who presented the report of the technical working group at the meeting, urged the authorities to expedite the repatriation exercise and said “over the past few years we have repatriated no less than 50,000 people but we still have over 200,000.”

He was eagerly awaiting presidential approval to facilitate funding and other logistical support for the recovery of affected communities in Borno State, noting that “the security situation has improved significantly”.

President Muhammadu Buhari had, in February, inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the Repatriation, Returns and Resettlement of Displaced Persons in the North East, appointing the vice president as chairman.

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