Investigations by AFRICA TODAY reveals that the Cameroon Consulate in Nigeria has engaged in a fierce argument with the South-South Coordinator of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFR) in Cross River State in a bid to repatriate all Cameroonian refugees domicile in the State back to the Republic of Cameroon.
The argument which AFRICA TODAY gathered has been lingering for months is creating tension between the World Body and the nation Cameroon.
Although the idea behind the repatriation is not yet clear, however, TNN learnt that the notion may not be unconnected with the government of Cameroon’s idea of scoring a political point by showing global community some improvements and steps towards restoring peace to the restive Southern Cameroon region.
However, the Acting Director-General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ayim Princewill while confirming the development in an interview with AFRICA TODAY said that such policy directive was in flagrant disregard for the rights of refugees in Nigeria and therefore warned that NCFR will resist such an attempt.
“I have received calls from the South-South Coordinator for NCFR concerning the arguments he has been having with the Cameroonian Consulate’’
According to him, “the move is against the 1951 United Nations Convention on refugees” he stressed.
Ayim posited that on no account does any nation possess the right to force people back to the Countries or places were war, ethnic clashes or political instability has made them flee, or in places where they have been persecuted from.
He therefore calls on the Consulate to jettison such move for the sake of peace and good neighborliness between the two nations.
The SEMA boss who stated this at the weekend in Calabar on the sideline of the visit by the Deputy Head of Mission, Republic of Ireland, Ronan Mullin to different Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in Cross River stressed that the move is against UN convention and should be forgotten forthwith.