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Nigerian refugees return from CAR

05 October 2015, 16:07

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has facilitated the transportation of some 197 Nigerians, that were displaced by the crises in Central African Republic, back to their homes.

A majority of these are from the Adamawa State.

These were displaced by the crises in Central African Republic and been taking refuge in the Republic of Cameroon under the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

NEMA Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, said the returnees were fully screened by the security agencies at the border before being received by NEMA and even escorted to the reception point by the military and police.

Also read: 58 000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon, Chad, Niger

With logistic arrangement put in place by NEMA, they were immediately catered for and fully transported to their various homes across 12 states.

He gave the breakdown of the returnees per state as follows:  Adamawa (64), Bauchi(15), Kebbi (7), Sokoto (2), Gombe(16), Borno (40), Kano (13), Kaduna(1), Plateau(2), FCT (2), Yobe (29) and Taraba (6).

The IOM Chief of Mission of in the Republic of Cameroon, Roger Charles Evina who accompanied the returnees to Mubi, Adamawa State appreciated the cooperation of the Federal Government through NEMA in the prompt reception of the citizens.

He said the closure of the IOM camps have led to the returning of all persons living there to the various countries including citizens of Nigeria and Mali, among others.

- CAJ News


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