The number of Nigerian refugees at the Minawao camp in Cameroon’s far north has hit 60, 000, Nigerian officials say, from about 50, 000 last August when SimonAtebaNews visited the unfenced camp, and its publisher, Simon Ateba, was arrested, accused of being a spy for Boko Haram and detained for three nights and a day.
With an additional 10, 000 refugees added within months, many argue that things continue to get worse in Nigeria’s northeast, sending many away from their homes and farms.
The Nigerian Minister of Interior General Abdulrahman Dambazzau visited the camp during his three days official visit to the neigbbouring countries and assured the Nigerian Refugees that Government committed to relocating them back to their communities at home, thenationonlineng.net reported.
Gen. Dambazau also donated food and other essential items to the displaced Nigerians in Cameroon on behalf of the Federal Government, the paper reported.
He was accompanied on the trip by the Inspector General of Police Mr. Solomon Arase, the CG Immigration Service Mr. Martins Abeshi, DG National Emergency Management Agency Sani Sidi, the Solicitor General of the Federation, Representative of National Refugee Commission and other government officials.
“The Interior Minister, in a communiqué at the end of a bilateral meeting with officials of Cameroon Interior Ministry on issues related to exchange of information on the organisation and duties of Interior Ministry of both Countries, arrangement towards gradual return of Nigerian Refugees back home which would involve a tripartite agreement between Nigeria, Cameroon and United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Maritime Piracy, as well Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of regular consultation mechanisms between authorities of the Cameroonian Regions, and States in Nigeria located along the common border,” The Nation said.