Nigeria’s state emergency agency announced yesterday that around 12,000 Nigerians are to be repatriated over the next three to four days after taking refuge in Cameroon from Boko Haram attacks.
A spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency stated that the majority of those returning would be accommodated in the town of Mubi in Adamawa state, which is close to the border with Cameroon.
Spokesman Manzo Ezekiel said “we already cleared about 1,150 people but border officers projected that 12,000 people would be arriving.”
Reuters reported that Cameroon authorities have expelled about 2,800 Nigerians on the weekend after a succession of suicide attacks in the past month.
The attacks committed by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, have intensified in recent times causing extra measures to be put in place. Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger have already committed 8,500 troops to defeating the group.
These attacks are part of a six-year-long insurgency by Boko Haram in the area in their attempt to create an Islamic state in the northeast part of Nigeria. The violence and expansion of the group has internally displaced about 1.5 million people as well as forcing thousands to flee.