Zulum, Humanitarian Officials In Cameroon For Repatriation Of 9,800 Refugees

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Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum alongside officials of Federal Ministry of , Disaster and Social Development, has arrived Marwa in Cameroon for the repatriation of 9,800 Nigerians of Borno origin.

The 9,800 Nigerians constitute the first batch of 46,000 taking refuge in Minawao camp and who have shown willingness be evacuated resettlement houses built by Borno Government in Bama and Banki towns.

According a statement issued on Wednesday by the governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, the Borno arrived Cameroon on evening.

On Wednesday, he led a Nigerian delegation a meeting on the tripartite (repatriation) agreement signed between Nigeria, Cameroon and the Nations Commission for Refugees, which is to hold in Marwa in far Cameroon. Governor of Cameroon’s far , Mijinyawa Bakare is to host the meeting.

Before travelling to Cameroon, Zulum has had series of meetings with Nigeria’s Minister of Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of , Disaster and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, the federal commission, National Commission and with relevant ambassadors with all meetings aimed at following all established procedures towards lawful repatriation.

Today’s meeting is in line with provisions of the tripartite agreement which has spelt international best practices on humanitarian involving movements of persons between two or countries as well as roles and limitations of all parties, and the protection of the rights of refugees who can only be repatriated at their own .

Majority of refugees at the Minawao refugee camp, who are mostly from Borno State, have regularly appealed to Governor Babagana Umara Zulum to spearhead their repatriation to safe and rebuilt communities in Borno in order to return to decent living.

In September 2019, Zulum during his trip to the camp, promised that he would in response to their appeal, work with stakeholders towards their successful reparation and dignified resettlement.