1,300 refugees return to Borno from Cameroon

The second batch of additional 855 Nigerian refugees repatriated from neighbouring Cameroon have been received by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state. 

Cameroonian officials, led by the Governor of the Far North Region of Cameroon, Minjinyawa Bakari, handed over the refugees to the Borno state Governor at a brief farewell ceremony in Maroua on Tuesday, January 24. 

Bakari who presented farewell packages consisting of food and non-food items, announced the closure of the repatriation totalling 1,300 Refugees.

Zulum thanked the Cameroonian Governor, other officials and host communities for taking good care of the Nigerian refugees in the last nearly 9 years. The governor also appreciated the donation made by President Biya.

Daily Trust reported that the 855 Nigerian refugees residing in Minawao Camp were received by a border community between Nigeria and Cameroon, close to Banki in Bama Local Government Area by Chairman Transitional Committee, Hon Grema Terab.

Each of the refugees received N40,000 from the Federal Government as well as a 50kg bag of rice, 10kg bag of beans, 5 litres of cooking oil, a carton of seasoning, wrapper and N60,000 per households from the state government.

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