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Boko Haram: Nigeria, Cameroun, UNCR fine tune plans for return of refugees

Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, Interior Minister
Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, Interior Minister
Nigerian refugees
Nigerian refugees
Other refugees
Other refugees

A tripartite agreement is being worked out between Nigeria, Cameroun and the United Nations Commission for Refugees, UNCR, for the safe and voluntary return to their homes of thousands of Nigerian refugees that fled the country due to Boko Haram insurgency in the North East geo-political zone.
The move is coming in the wake of the recent crushing defeats of the insurgents by the multinational military force led by the Nigerian military.
With the gradual return of normalcy to the worst affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, government and other groups have started rehabilitation of infrastructures that were destroyed by the terrorists that unleashed a campaign of killings, kidnappings, destruction of prisons, schools, police stations and such other infrastructures.
According to a highly placed source in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, about 200,000 Nigerian refugees presently in Cameroon, Chad and Niger are expected to begin the phased return to their homes as soon as the plans are perfected.
He also confirmed that as the military concludes the complete clearance of Boko Haram elements from any of the communities, civilian authorities will take over the administration of the areas with the Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, officials taking over the security of such places.
As this happens, schools that had been closed down as a result of the crisis will be re-opened, prisons that were over run and destroyed will be put back to use and life will generally, gradually, return back to normal.
The source stressed that the Ministry of Internal Affairs is playing a leading role in the ongoing tripartite dialogue that would usher in the new phase of normalization of life in affected areas, stressing, however, that considerable amounts of human, financial and material resources would be needed to guarantee a seamless exercise.
He praised the military for their determination to clear the zone of the remnants of the insurgents, and called on Nigerians to support the President Muhammadu Buhari government to ensure that the ultimate goal of lasting peace in the region is achieved.
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