Rights groups accuses Cameroonian soldiers of forcefully deporting Nigerian refugees
- The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Cameroonian soldiers torture and assault Nigerian asylum seekers in remote border areas
- The human rights group accuses Cameroonian authorities of denying Nigerian asylum seekers access to the UN refugee agency
- HRW says the mistreatment of the Nigerian refugees by the Cameroonians is driven by an arbitrary decision to punish them for Boko Haram attacks in the country
The Human Rights Watch has accused the Cameroonian military of carrying out mass forced deportations of 100,000 Nigerian asylum seekers in an effort to stem the spread of Boko Haram.
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The rights group in a report released on Wednesday, September 27, stated that Cameroonian soldiers have tortured, assaulted and exploited Nigerian asylum seekers in remote border areas, Premium Times reports.
The document also indicted the military of denying Nigerian asylum seekers access to the UN refugee agency, and summarily deporting often violently, tens of thousands to Nigeria since 2015.
HRW stated that there was violence, poor conditions, and unlawful movement restrictions in Cameroon’s only official camp for Nigerian refugees.
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“The Cameroonian military torture and abuse of Nigerian refugees seems to be driven by an arbitrary decision to punish them for Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon and to discourage Nigerians from seeking asylum,” said HRW associate refugee director, Gerry Simpson.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria police on Sunday, September 24, arrested a declared wanted Boko Haram terrorist Idris Babawo in Ondo state.
Babawo, 42, also known as Idiko and Nagada, the police said is believed to be number 165 on the Nigerian military's Boko Haram wanted list.
The spokesperson to the Nigerian army, Sani Usman, in a statement said Babawo was handed over to the 32 Brigade, 2 Division, Nigerian army, at about 2pm on Monday, September 25.
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