TV360 | Over 90,000 Nigerian refugees displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency are stranded in Cameroon.
This was revealed by officials from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) during a meeting in Yola, Adamawa state.
At the meeting, the officials from Adamawa and Borno states brainstormed on ways to repatriate the refugees.
Also present at the meeting was the Adamawa State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh.
He stated that plans for the evacuation of the migrants had reached an advanced stage.
”Necessary arrangements have been made by the Adamawa State Government to receive the refugees, who would pass through Adamawa transit camp from Minawawo camp in Cameroon.
‘’About 4,000 of the refugees are from Adamawa, and already agreement had been reached with some communities here in Adamawa to host about 1,500 refugees from Borno, who have indicated that they would want to remain in Adamawa,’’ he said.
The commissioner, who did not give the date for the commencement of the evacuation, said the refugees would be airlifted by the Nigerian Air Force.
A representative of the refugees, Ashigar Mohammed, said ”We are eager to return home.” He thanked Nigeria, Cameroon and UNHCR for coming to their aid.
The UNHCR is a United Nations programme with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, loc