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Nigerian lawmakers decry forceful repatriation of refugees in Cameroon

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Nigerian law makers have decried the situation of refugees who were forcefully repatriated from Cameroon.

They said Nigerians returning back from Cameroon were facing double displacement because they were presently staying at the internally displaced camps.

While urging the UNHCR to investigate the reasons why the Nigerian refugees in Cameroon were repatriated back home, the lawmakers said the national assembly was ready to support the commission and the ministry in making sure that the present challenge was resolved.

“As you are aware, our refugees from Cameroon that are coming back to Nigeria continued to suffer double displacement.

“In the first instance, they were displaced and dispersed when they crossed over the border and upon their return they have found themselves again in internally displaced camps.

“This calls for very urgent humanitarian protection and assistance which the UNHCR always provide the expertise to manage such situation.

“We at the national assembly level, are always ready, willing and cannot wait to complement the efforts of the executive arms of government and UNHCR to resolve this case’’.

“we commend the minister for hosting this session that is very crucial towards finding solutions to the refugees’ situation both in Nigeria and Cameroon.

“ we also commend the efforts of UNHCR who have continued to come to this region in other to explore lasting solution toward refugees and internally displaced persons. “

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total of 19,257 Nigerians have returned from Cameroon.

Published on 28.04.2020

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