133 Nigerian Refugees Return’s Home
The Federal Government has welcomed back 133 Nigerian
refugees that voluntarily returned home after staying in minawao
refugee camp in Cameroon.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and
Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq received the returnees
on behalf of the federal government.
Mr Bina Emanvel, Senior
External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR), disclosed this in a statement on Friday in
According to him, the voluntary repatriation comprising 133
Nigerian Refugees was coordinated by the federal government, the
Government of Cameroon and UNHCR. “Pursuant to the Tripartite
“ Agreement, Nigeria as a responsible member of the international
community and in compliance with the Action Plan, is welcoming
23 families who have decided to voluntarily come back home to
join in the effort to develop the nation.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank President Muhammadu
Buhari and the Government of Adamawa State for all the support
extended for the success of this first voluntary repatriation
operation,” Emanvel quoted Farouq as saying. He added: “Mr
Roger Hollo, Deputy Representative, UNHCR Nigeria called on the
government and the entire humanitarian community to continue
working hand in hand to ensure the provision of protection,
services and livelihood opportunities to both the returnees and the
“UNHCR joins the government of Nigeria, to welcome these 23
families from Adamawa and Bauchi States as they fulfil their
dream to return home.
“We are committed to supporting these
families for sustainable integration back into their communities,”
Emanvel said the governor of Cameroon’s far North Region,
Mijiyawa Bakari, led the Cameroonian delegation to see off the first
group which flew from Maroua to Yola, where transit centres had
been set up.
“The Nigerian government sent a mission here; we discussed how
to assist these refugees in their return. All measures have been
taken to ensure a smooth operation.
“This is the first departure
and we want to see that the refugees are able to go back with all
their possessions,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
reports that the federal government, the Republic of Cameroon
and UNHCR in 2017 signed a Tripartite Agreement for the
voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees living in Cameroon.
Nigeria court says extradition of Cameroon separatists is illegal.
The agreement provided that a
legal framework be set up to provide modalities for the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees, in safety and dignity. It also
established a Tripartite Commission (TC) and a subsidiary
Technical Working Group (TWG) with representatives of both
governments and UNHCR, to oversee the implementation of the
The federal government had in March allocated resources for the
repatriation of 4,000 refugees, adding that these resources are to
cover costs for renovation and management of transit and
reception centre in Yola. It also allocated resources for returnees to
receive food and essential items for onward journey to final
destinations, where they would be provided with shelter kits and