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Nigeria, Cameroon move to repatriate 60,000 IDPs

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja 

Minister of the Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdurahman Dambazau, (rtd) has held discussions with Cameroon and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on repatriation of over 60,000 Nigerian refugees in the Miniawoa Camp located in the neighbouring country. 

According to the minister, the move follows the Regional Protection Dialogue involving the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries (LCBC) and the UNHCR. 

He also added that it is in pursuance of Article 13(2) of the 1984 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 12 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which recognised the rights of citizens to leave and return to their own country. 

A statement issued Wednesday in Abuja by Press Secretary to the minister, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen said: “On his part, the Cameroonian Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Mr Rene Emmanuel Sadi welcomed the initiative and pledged his government’s commitment to its success. 

“The meeting which climaxed in the initialing of the agreement by Nigeria Minister of Interior and his Cameroonian counterpart is now waiting for final signature after adoption by both Governments. 

“When adopted, resolutions from the dialogue will among other benefits, see that the rights of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon are protected and will ensure their safe return to the land of their nativity, to live in peace.”

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