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IDPs FG plans return of 80,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

Sidi made the disclosure when the African Union (AU) Humanitarian Mission, led by Aisha Abdullahi, its Commissioner for Political Affairs, visited the headquarters of the agency.

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The Nigerian government has signed a tripartite agreement for the return of 80,000 Nigerians displaced to Cameroon by the Boko Haram insurgency.

According to reports, the Federal Government signed the agreement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugee, UNHCR, and the Republic of Cameroon for the return of the refugees who fled for safety.

The information was disclosed by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Muhammad Sidi, over the weekend.

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Sidi made the disclosure when the African Union (AU) Humanitarian Mission, led by Aisha Abdullahi, its Commissioner for Political Affairs, visited the headquarters of the agency.

According to multiple reports and investigations by NEMA, over a million Nigerians were displaced from the north-east by the insurgency with majority of them in different internally displaced persons, IPDs, camps within Nigeria.

“We have moved from the emergency response stage to recovery and resettlement of the IDPs,” Sidi said.

Meanwhile, Abdullahi noted that the African Union (AU) Humanitarian Mission was in Nigeria to assess the situation of IDPs and to discuss areas of possible support.

Abdullahi added that displaced Nigerians were of concern to the African Union, as records available to African Union indicate that there were about 13 million displaced persons and 3 million refugees on the continent.

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