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10,000 refugees from Cameroon arrive back in Nigeria

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A total of 10,500 of the 79,000 Nigerian refugees forced to flee their homes in Borno State to Cameroon by Boko Haram insurgents about two years ago, have returned.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who announced their return in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Thursday, said the refugees were forced to return home by the Cameroonian government.

The refugees fled Nigeria in 2015 when the insurgents attacked their communities in a bid to enforce Islamic Sharia system of government in their communities.

Over 100,000 residents of the communities located in the border areas were displaced forcing them to seek refuge in the neighboring Cameroon.

Shettima accused the authorities in Cameroon of failing to honor an agreement with the Nigerian government and the UN on the presence of the refugees. An accusation, Cameroon government refuted through communication minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary.

Borno State Governor said his deputy, Usman Durkwa, had been deployed to lead a team of officials to Bama town where they would make available all the logistics needed for hosting the refugees.

The refugees, he said, would be camped in the town, which his administration is currently rebuilding after Boko Haram sacked its entire residents and burnt down over 2,000 houses.

Borno State shares borders with Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

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