It is really a shame on Nigerians as Over 2,000 Nigerians Deported From Cameroon this yesterday has lost their businesses which they operate in the country, the Cameroon Government said that the 2,000 Nigerians were living in the country illegally.
And as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, sources said Friday that they are left with no other option than to have the Over 2,000 Nigerians Deported From their country.
Regional newspaper L’Oeil du Sahel reported that about 2,500 Nigerians had been “rounded up” in Kousseri, in the far north of Cameroon, and sent back to their country on Thursday.
The weekly posted a photo on its Facebook page showing several departing trucks crammed with hundreds of passengers who are tagged frustrated Nigerians from Cameroon.
A source close to regional authorities confirmed that “more than 2,000 ‘irregular’ Nigerians have been expelled from Kousseri”.
An official from a local NGO, Mey Aly, made it known that most of the Nigerians “had fled the atrocities of Boko Haram” to take refuge in Cameroon which we are no more comfortable with.
Thursday’s deportations came just a day after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Cameroon for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram. Now the question is was, deportation of the Nigerians part of what they discussed in the meeting
The Nigeria president, Buhari and Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya pledged to strengthen cooperation between their two countries in the fight against the insurgents.
The Cameroonian border post at Kousseri — which has been hit by two suicide attacks since June — occupies a strategic position, with just a bridge separating it from Chad’s capital N’Djamena.
The authorities in Cameroon’s far north have taken a significant steps to boost securityin the country, which includes banning women from wearing the full face-veil amid fears that suicide bombers could use the garment to conceal explosives.
“With these attacks, the tone of the authorities has changed,” this was said by a security source in Maroua. “They have asked that foreigners (notably Nigerians) and displaced people in the border areas go home.”
Some 300 Cameroonian children were removed from their Koranic schools in Maroua and taken back to their villages on Friday, according to a source close to local authorities, as the schools’ managers feared that insurgents could try to use them for suicide attacks.