The government of Cameroon has deported over 500 Nigerian refugees in northern region of the country including 313 asylum seekers trying to escape the horrors of Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday disclosed that the refugees and asylum seekers were forcibly repatriated.
According to the UN agency report, the Cameroonian authorities between February 10 to 15,”deported 517 Nigerians, including ‘313 asylum seekers, who were sent packing after their arrest”.
UNHCR has also distanced itself from the operation and expressed deep concern that people fleeing for fear of attacks by the insurgent group Boko Haram were being forced back.
The refugee agency said it was aware of the security challenges in the area as a result of the recurring attacks by the Boko Haram sect, and continues to advocate with the Cameroonian authorities in order to maintain access to asylum.
“UNHCR, aware of the security challenges in the area as a result of the recurring attacks by the Boko Haram sect, continues to advocate with the Cameroonian authorities in order to maintain access to asylum and respect the rights of asylum seekers,” the report said.
The Boko Haram terrorist’s activities in the North Eastern part of Nigeria has led to the displacement of millions of people including over 2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria, and over a million others scattered as refugees in neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad.