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Tripartite agreement for the voluntary repatriation of 5000 Nigerian refugees at the Minawao camp in the far North Region

MINAT arrived at the Maroua Salak International Airport on February 9, 2021 for a working visit to see to the repatriation of some 5000 Nigerian refugees living at the Minawao camp that is hosting about 70.000 refugees, created in 2013 after the insurgency of Boko Haram.

The Governor of the Far North region, Midjiyawa Bakary, received both Minister Atanga Nji Paul, and Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, of Borno State. The two-day working visit has as highpoint the tripartite agreement for the voluntary repatriation of refugees by the government of Cameroon, Nigeria and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The officials visited the Minawao camp on February 10, 2021 where they reassured the refugees of their imminent return home. This decision was made after the meeting of the tripartite commission for the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian Refugees living in Cameroon that took place at the conference hall of the Far North Governor's office. The head of the Cameroonian delegation, Atanga Nji Paul, signed, while, Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State, signed for Nigeria, the UNHCR representative from Cameroon, Olivier Guillaume Beer, signed for the UNHCR. The signing of the final communique of the tripartite commission, clearly defines the legal and practically modalities for the repatriation of Nigerian refugees, the first phase will kick start as from February 27, to March 7, 2021.