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Thousands of refugees return from Cameroon

05 August 2015, 19:17

Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 12 000 refugees returning from neighbouring Cameroon in recent weeks.

Sani Datti, Information Officer of the agency, said the returnees were mostly from Borno State, the most restive state amid the Boko Haram insurgency.

Datti said the returning refugees had arrived home through the border post in Sahuda, Mubi South in Adamawa State.

Datti added that the returnees were received from the Nigerian Immigration Service at the border post. He said 650 of the returnees have been transported to Borno State, while the remaining were still at Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons camp in Yola.

The National Immigration Service is presently screening the refugees.

NEMA is providing food and non-food items as well as medical cover to cater for the returnees at the border while awaiting the conclusion of the immigration and security screening.

“Arrangements have also been concluded to locate the returnees to a new camp in Fufore, Adamawa State for proper care,” Datti said.

He said the agency had also established contacts with the Borno State Government over the returnees, who are mostly from the state.

- CAJ News


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