About 5,000 Nigerian refugees driven out of their homes by Boko Haram insurgents have started returning home from Cameroon after about six years of living in Minawao refugee camp
Speaking on the repatriation, Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Nji described it as voluntary, adding that his country will ensure that the refugees have a safe trip back home. He also disclosed that the return trip home is been done in compliance with COVID-19 protocols, adding that a “special relief package” for the returnees as they start their new life have been provided.
A Special Adviser to Borno State Governor, Lawan Wakilbe while speaking on the eve of the departure of the refugees, said: “As a result of the insurgency, the bulk of the town has been destroyed but in the past year, serious rehabilitation efforts have been ongoing by the Borno State Government. So we are now ready to receive the returnees, they are going to live in new neighbourhoods.”