About 12,000 Nigerians are expected back from Cameroon in the recent wave of deportations from the neighbouring countries. Just four days after Cameroon deported 2000, the country said on Tuesday that another 3000 have been expelled for living in the country without permit as well as disguising as refugees.
The deportees were driven to the town of Mubi in Adamawa state.
Haruna Furo, chairman of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, was quoted as saying that 12,000 Nigerians are expected to arrive from Cameroon.
According to the Governor of Cameroon’s far north region, Midjiyawa Bakary, those deported on Tuesday claimed to be refugees but were not staying at camps and lacked identification papers.
“In the different villages, there is a certain population of foreigners and they are hiding behind some Cameroonians who are hiding those Boko Haram suspects,” he said.
The United Nations refugee agency says that a camp in Cameroon’s far north region now hosts about 44,000 people and estimates there are 12,000 unregistered refugees in the region.
Some refugees said several people died during their hike to the border.