The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Yola Operational Office has announced plans to move about 270 Nigerian who returned from Cameroon where they had run for refuge during the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency to Maiduguri, Borno State, their home States.
Adamawa State Public Relations Officer of NEMA, Hafeez Bello made this known in a statement on Thursday.
He noted that the returnees who crossed into Nigeria through the Sahuda Border were received at Burn Bricks Transit Camp in Mubi South local government area of Adamawa State.
“NEMA and other security agencies have been collaborating in ensuring the safety, comfort and movement of returnees to their respective states,” he added.
Bello further stated that those being returned “include elderly persons, mothers and children who are adequately screened for security and health reasons.”
Many Nigerians have been deported from Neighbouring countries where they were taking refuge in the wake of the insurgency.
Most of them, especially the men, said they were forcefully deported and weren’t allowed to take any of their belongings. Some said their families remain in Cameroon as security officials didn’t allow them return to their refugee camps and collect them.
This is in spite of a memorandum of understanding between Nigeria, the United Nations and neighbouring countries that refugees should be allowed to stay until they voluntarily decide to leave.