National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, at the weekend, expressed dismay over reported repatriation of over 2,500 Nigerians who escaped Boko Haram attacks from Cameroun Republic.
Alhaji Sa’ad Bello, the agency’s camp Coordinator in Adamawa raised the alarm in an interview with newsmen in Yola.
Bello complained that the way and manner Nigerians Internally Displaced Persons were threatened and deported by the Cameroonian authority was unacceptable.
He expressed worry that what the Cameroonian authority did to Nigerian refuges was totally a violation of the International Refugees Rights.
“The agency received a call from the men of the Nigerian Immigration Service who were patrolling along the Nigeria- Cameroun boarder.
“They called our attention that there were trucks full of Nigerians, who after investigation, are refuges , Internally Displaced by Boko Haram and unconditionally being repatriated by Cameroun Gendarmes,” Bello said.
He blamed the Cameroonian government for not informing the Nigerian authority over the development to enable it prepare well to receive its citizens.
He explained that the IDPs, after thorough investigation, were Nigerians from Bama and Gamboru Ngala in Borno state who escaped from Boko Haram attacks to Cameroun.
He said that the agency had formally forwarded its complaint to the Country Representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to look into the situation.
Bello further explained that the IDPs were dumped by Cameroun at Sahuda village in Mubi South local government area, a border town along Nigeria-Cameroun enclave.
According to the Coordinator, the victims comprised of men, women children, pregnant and nursing mothers.
“Their situation is pathetic; they were traumatized,” he said.
He said NEMA, with the assistance of state emergency management agency, were making possible arrangements to convey the IDPs to Yola camps.
Also in his remark, Mr. Aliyu Maikano, the representative of Nigeria Red Cross on IDPs in Adamawa, confirmed that the organization had received the unfortunate information.
“We have sent a rescue and first aid teams to assist the IDPs who were dumped by the Camerounian security at the Nigerian boarder.
“The society is liaising with NEMA on how to evacuate the IDPs,” Maikano said.


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