Rep criticises Cameroon’s deportation of Nigerian refugees

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Sani ZorroA member of the House of Representatives, Sani Zorro, has criticised the incessant deportation of Nigerian refugees by Cameroonian authorities.

Zoro, former president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, made the criticism while speaking with journalists on Sunday in Dutse.

He recalled that the Cameroonian authorities had in 2015 deported 20,000 Nigerian refugees.

The lawmaker noted that authorities in Cameroons were planning to deport 18,000 additional Nigerian refugees.

“Last week on Wednesday, I moved a motion, which was passed by the House of Representatives, criticising the incessant deportation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.

“As at December last year, Cameroon had illegally deported 20,000 Nigerian refugees.

“According to its officials, by March this year, 18,000 Nigerian refugees will again be deported,” he lamented.

Zoro described Cameroon’s action as “un-African, unfriendly and hostile”.

According to him, the action has contravened all charters and conventions on human and people’s right, and international human rights, which both countries had endorsed.

He added that the gesture also contravened “quite a number of resolutions and protocols that have been passed in favour of refugees”.

The legislator said the action of Cameroon raised not only concerns, but aso suspicions about its commitments towards the resolutions of the North-eastern crisis, including its multi-territorial force to fight the insurgency in Nigeria.

Besides, the lawmaker noted that the action of Cameroon further raised concerns and suspicions towards its commitments toward a lasting or durable solutions to the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

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