FG to repatriate 91, 000 Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon


The Federal Government has commenced the processes to bring back 91,000 Nigerians currently taking refuge from the Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon.
The repatriation of the refugees who are camped in Minaowa village in Cameroon will commence by the end of February 2018. According to the Head, Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Rehabilitation of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI), Dr. Sidi-Ali Mohammed, the tripartite commission set up by the Federal Government, Cameroon and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), have concluded plans to bring the displaced citizens back to the country.
Dr. Mohammed who spoke at the Monthly Coordination Forum and tracking indication validation workshop in Abuja on January 25, disclosed that the repatriation process was already underway.
“We are doing the profiling, putting the reception centres in place. Initially, we were looking at early February, but by and large, before the end of February, the final processes of bringing them into the country will start. The people are in a hurry to come back to the country,” he said.  
Responding to the allegations of rape and sexual abuse at internally displaced persons camps in the North-East, he stated that PCNI had strengthened the security situation in the camps and also brought human protection to the front burner of attention to curtail the incidence of sexual assault.
He also revealed that PCNI is conducting biometric data capture of IDPs which he said would be used for the economic planning and development and to facilitate the reunion of separated families.


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