Nigerian refugees who fled to Cameroon on account of the Boko Haram rebellion returned residence on Monday in a voluntary repatriation course of, an official stated.
The Cameroonian Minister for Territorial Administration, Paul Nji, stated this in Maroua, the capital of the area within the far north of Cameroon, shortly earlier than the beginning within the Nigerian state of Borno.
The primary group, consisting of 5,000 refugees who had spent six years within the Cameroonian refugee camp Minawao, boarded buses initially of the journey.
“We now have taken all of the precautions and measures obligatory so that you can have a protected journey,” stated Nji. He stated the journey was in strict compliance with anti-COVID-19 measures and introduced that Cameroon supplied a “particular assist package deal” to returnees at first of their new lives.
“A lot of the metropolis was destroyed on account of the rebellion, however the Borno State authorities made critical rehabilitation efforts over the previous yr.” We are actually prepared to soak up the returnees.
“They’ll reside in new elements of town,” stated Lawan Wakilbe, the particular advisor to the governor of Borno state, on the eve of his departure in Maroua.
In keeping with the United Nations, greater than 57,000 Nigerians, primarily from Borno, have sought refuge within the Minawao refugee camp in Mokolo within the far north of Cameroon.