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2 Nigerians & American Citizen Mistakenly Deported To Cameroon Along With Separatist Leader Tabe

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January 31, 2018 – Naturalised Nigerian Citizens Mistakenly Deported To Cameroon Along With Separatists Leader Sisuku Ayuk Tabe

At least 2 of the 47 Cameroonian Separatist campaigners deported to Cameroon by the Nigerian authorities last week, are Nigerian citizens by naturalisation.

And one of them, Professor Awasum Augustine, a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, is an American citizen.

The naturalised Nigerians are Dr. Ojong Okongho, a businessman and Mrs. Nalowa Bih, a lawyer, according to a letter sent by their lawyer, Abdul Oroh on Tuesday to United States Embassy, the British High Commission, United Nations Human Rights Council and others.

The leader of the separatists in Nigeria, Sisuku Ayuk Tabe, who was also deported along with 46 others on Friday teaches at the American University of Nigeria in Yola.

Three others Dr Nfor Ngala Nfor, chairman of Southern Cameroon Council, Mr. Tussang Wolfred, a teacher and Barrister Shufai Blaise Berinyu, have already applied for political asylum in Nigeria.

Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, who was also bundled to Yaounde with them teaches at American University, while Dr. Henry Kimeng teaches at Ahmadu Bello University. Dr. Cornelius Kwanga iand Dr. Ogork Ntui are lecturers at Umar Musa Yar’adua University in Katsina, while Barrister Eyambe Elias is a refugee in Nigeria.

Abdul Oroh, a prominent human rights activist and former member of the House of Representatives in the letter said 39 other refugees were arrested in Jalingo, Taraba state, by the Police and all were deported, along with the leaders, who were arrested in Abuja by the Brigade of Guards on 5 January.

The latter were detained for several weeks by the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA, he said.

Oroh described the deported Cameroonians as political activists and members of the Southern Cameroon National Council, “a body committed to preventing genocide and the oppression of the people of Southern Cameroon”.

“Our clients entered Nigeria legally through approved points of entry and have not committed any crime to warrant their arrest and deportation to Cameroon in breach of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law subscribed to by the Nigerian Government”, Oroh said in the letter.

Oroh said the refugees were fleeing from “oppression and possible genocide from the Cameroonian military and paramilitary forces as directed by the Government of President Paul Biya.“

He said the purpose of their meeting in Abuja was to brief the Nigerian authorities about the situation in Southern Cameroon, solicit the support of the Nigerian Government in peacefully resolving the problem and to sensitise the Nigerian people who have gracefully hosted the refugees in the spirit of African brotherhood and as good neighbours.

Oroh appealed for urgent diplomatic intervention `’to prevent the imminent prosecution and execution of the political prisoners as they cannot be guaranteed free and fair trial by the Cameroonian authorities.

“We also appeal that the prisoners be released forthwith to the UN High Commission for the Refugees in compliance with International Humanitarian Law. Assuming without conceding, that they were involved in armed conflict, they should be treated as hors de combat, guaranteed humane treatment and afforded all the judicial guarantees including presumption of innocence, which are considered indispensable by civilised peoples”.

In justifying the deportation of the Cameroonian rebels, the Nigerian authorities appeared to be relying on an International warrant issued for the arrest of Ayuk Tabe and others in November 2017, as the crisis in Anglophone Cameroon worsened.

So far, there has been no official word from the Nigerian authorities, either about the arrest or the deportation of the 47 Cameroonians. The only official confirmation came from Cameroon itself, where Minister of Communications, Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the “47 terrorists among them Mr. Ayuk Tabe has for some hours being in the hands of Cameroonian justice before which they will answer for their crimes”.

The deportation of the Cameroonians had a precedence in 2006, when the Obasanjo administration, allowed former Liberian leader, Charles Taylor, who was on asylum in Nigeria, to be kidnapped and then shipped to Monrovia and later the International Court of Justice to face trial for war crimes.



  1. iron bar

    January 31, 2018 at 1:44 AM

    Confused govt .they will soon deport our grand parents to even amazed how the dishonorable minister called those freedom fighters terrorists while killer squad herdsmen remain saints.people of cameroon will soon be liberated from the iron hands of their dictatorship paul biya who has been in power since early 80’s.

  2. Ankara

    January 31, 2018 at 5:36 AM

    The whole issue is so sad and Nigeria government has just proven that it is really confuse. Freedom fighter become terrorists How comes? While real terrorist are sitting in high offices enjoying the sweat of poor citizens. This extradition thing has worsen the situation in the southern Cameroon. Indescrimate killings and extortion of money burning of houses and food stuff by government forces.

  3. ade

    January 31, 2018 at 5:45 AM

    Everything about this man buhari is filled with confusion and mistakes. Buhari that is suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is still ruling nigeria, little wonder before one could say jack robbinson, the whole country has turned in a shithole and a zoo.

  4. fifelomo

    January 31, 2018 at 6:56 AM

    The moment these old shall die cease to release power to the young shall grow, the country will remain a big shithole!!!

  5. fifelomo

    January 31, 2018 at 6:58 AM

    The moment these old shall die cease to release power to the young shall grow, the country will remain a big shithole!!!!!!!

  6. J. B. Hunter

    January 31, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    KAI BABA…!!!

  7. uzoma

    January 31, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    This has proven that Nigerian government is complicit to the genocide being committed by Paul Biya’s government against his fellow Cameroonians from the South, the English speaking part of the country. This is similar to what happened in Nigeria when the Gowon’s government went on rampage killing the South Easterners that gave rise to the Republic of Biafra. Cameroon then under Ahidjo allowed Nigeria to attack Biafra through their border that led to the fall of Calabar; Gowon promised Cameroon the Bakkassi peninsula which was finalized by the world court and today Bakassi belongs to Cameroon with it’s resources (oil, agricultural land and fisheries). It is not a sin for the people of Southern Cameroon to demand independence since they are being marginalized in favor of the French speaking part of Cameroon. Now that Nigeria have decided to repay Cameroon by deporting those who are being oppressed by Paul Biya and his murderous army for asking for independence, what will Nigeria get in return? Will Cameroon give the peninsula (Bakkassi) back to Nigeria? Robert Mugabe said it correctly when he said Nigeria with all its intellectuals allowed themselves to be ruled by illiterates.

  8. Bella

    January 31, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    Nigerians, wait until Biafra and oil region decide to create their own republics then you will feel what true Cameroonians are feeling now. Thank you president Buhari. France will not accept Corse to separate or Spain will not accept separatists to win why Cameroon has to let separatists ruin our country.

    • Josom

      February 1, 2018 at 8:46 AM

      Thank you very much for that…let Nigerians run their mouths after all are their kids not going to school?Are they not running their businesses?? Freedom fighters indeed!When Tabe and his people were preaching hate they didnot know they were citizens of Mars and Jupiter and taught in American Universities.

  9. Mon

    February 1, 2018 at 1:44 AM

    The Buhari administration are doing so for Paul Biya (Cameroon) to help them lock up the boundary in efforts to suffocate Biafrans. Nigeria government and this administration in particular will keep on disgracing themselves before the International community.

  10. Nosabi

    February 1, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    My dear people,
    These people were not repatriated. They were executed- all of them. Since their adoption, nobody has seen them. Not even their lawyers and family members. The lying Cameroon minister of communication has not been able to provide any photo or video evidence of their presents in Yaounde -absolutely unusual. The future is very pregnant. I just hope south Cameroonians understand the difference between ordinary Nigerians and their stupid government and don’t start attacking Nigerians business men in south Cameroon

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