12,100 Cameroonian Refugees Are In Nigeria
The refugee crisis created by insurgency and other political issues within the Lake Chad Basin is far from over.
Nigeria’s neighbour, Cameroon has had a fair share of the crisis and now 12,100 of its citizens are refugees in Nigeria.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it has registered 12,100 Cameroonian refugees in Benue and Cross River.
Antonio Canhandula, UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, gave the figure during a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that 4,000 of the Cameroonians were registered in Benue while 8,100 others were registered in Cross River.
According to the UN official, there are Cameroonian refugees in some other parts of Nigeria, but they are more in Benue and Cross River, which need urgent intervention by government and humanitarian partners.
“What are the figures today? When talking about figures, our organisation, UNHCR, talks about figures that have been verified, and the people who have been registered.
“So far in Cross River State, we have registered 8,100 refugees; certainly, they are more and that is why the team is still on ground. So, we can’t state how many more.
“But what we can state is that they are still coming, and they are coming daily. In Benue, we have a total of 4,000 refugees; 2,310 in Abande and 1,690 in Abasse; these are figures that we can vouch for,” Canhandula said.
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He further noted that the 40,000 figure that was earlier stated was for contingency plan and not the actual figure of registered Cameroonian refugees in the country.
According to him, the UN body is trying to accelerate the registration process, to get the actual figures of Cameroonian in those states.