Nigeria Accepts 6000 Cameroonian Refugees Months After Cameroon Deported 100000 Nigerians Illegally

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Nov 5, 2017 – Nigeria Accepts 6000 Cameroonian Refugees Months After Cameroon Deported 100,000 Nigerians Illegally

Today, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons in Ikom distributed food and materials worth millions of Naira to Cameroonian refugees residing in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River.

Mrs Sadiya Umar-Farouq, the Federal Commissioner of the Refugee Commission said
during the distribution of the items that the gesture was in line with Federal Government’s agenda of providing succour to asylum seekers in Nigeria.

Umar-Farouq, who was represented by an official of the commission, Mr Immosan Immosan, said refugees were scattered in Obanliku, Etung, Boki, Ikom and Obudu local government areas of the state.

She added that “the attention of Federal Government was drawn to the symbolic declaration of sovereign state and independence of Ambazonia by Anglophone Cameroonians through the hoisting of flags and national anthem in strategic locations in Cameroon on Oct. 1.

“This action culminated in repressive attacks by government security agents on armless civilians, destruction of property and arbitrary arrest and detention of mass population.

“The consequences of such attack has been the remarkable influx of Cameroonians into the bordering towns of Ikom, Obudu, Boki, Etung and Obudu in Cross River, Gembu in Taraba and other surrounding locations.”

She assured them that Federal Government would continue to play its role by providing security and succour to refugees while efforts were ongoing to foster peace in their country.

Items distributed to more than 600 beneficiaries on Sunday included rice, beans, garri, groundnut and palm oil, mattresses, cooking stoves, bed sheets, among others.

Mr Eric Shu, the Director of Rhema Care, the implementing agency for the UN High Commission for
Refugees in Nigeria, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the commission registered more than 6,000 Cameroonian refugees from Sept. 22 to date.

He said “our objective is to work and collaborate with the refugee commission in rehabilitating and registering the refugees that are flowing in from Cameroon.

“From Sept. 22 that they started arriving in Nigeria, we registered well over 6,000 Cameroonians. Our main duty here is to ensure their welfare and security.”

Mr John Inaku, the Director-General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, advised the refugees to be law-abiding, adding that the state government would continue to provide shelter and security for them.

Responding on behalf of the refugees, Mr Mark Pongo, thanked Federal Government for the food and other items and for the hospitality accorded them since their arrival.

In September, Cameroon deported 100,000 Nigerian refugees in the hope of stemming the spread of terrorist group Boko Haram despite pleas from the United Nations.

8 thoughts on “Nigeria Accepts 6000 Cameroonian Refugees Months After Cameroon Deported 100000 Nigerians Illegally

  1. OUR SO CALLED AFRCN BROTHERS ARE SO MEAN TO US JUST LIKE HOW WE FOUGHT ALONG TO LIBERATE SOUTH AFRICA DURING APARTHEID YEARS.HOW MANY PEACE MISSIONS DID WE PARTAKE IN?YET WE ARE ALWAYS AT THE RECIEVING END.THANKS TO SELFISH OBJ FOR BETRAYING THE BAKASSI PEOPLE AND MESSING THEIR FUTURE UP .THEY ARE NOW OUT CASTS IN THEIR OWN LAND.

  2. Whatever drives a person from his or her home to become a refugee in a foreign environment should attract sympathy. Unfortunately many people do not realize the truth in the Nigerian saying that ” a stingy man does not realize that a gift to another is a loan for which the giver will one day be paid back”
    Annoying as the attitude of our African brothers are, I hope Nigeria maintains her humane qualities, that is what makes us Nigerians. Well done Naija and God Bless us!

  3. Motive shd be questioned. They brought in the refugees so as to claim they used N50bn to resettle them in Nigeria, as far as the level of corruption in this country, they only used the refugees to justify stolen monies

  4. This is ridiculous, there hundreds of hungry Nigerians who need help , we can’t feed ourselves but we are accepting other hungry people. Charity begins at home.

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