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More than 43,000 refugees from Southern Cameroon are seeking asylum in Nigeria – Ventures Africa

Photograph — UNHCR According to reports, more than 43,000 Cameroonians have crossed the border from Cameroon into Nigeria, even as the government crackdown on Anglophone separatists continues in Cameroon. Thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians have crossed the border hoping to escape the Cameroonian government’s riposte after a series of guerrilla attacks on the Cameroonian army. This number is more than the number the United Nations said it expected just a few weeks ago, showing how under-reported the crisis in Cameroon is. Cameroon is majorly a Francophone African country, with a small percentage…

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Falana writes Buhari over deportation of Cameroonians, wants NSA sanctioned

A lawyer representing some freedom fighters deported to Cameroon in January has written President Muhammadu Buhari demanding explanations why the government took the step. Femi Falana, a human rights activists and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is also asking the federal government to ensure the safety two members of the group whom he described as ‘naturalised Nigerians.’ The Nigerian government had deported some Cameroonian nationalists after they were held for weeks in an undisclosed detention facility by Nigerian security operatives. The detained freedom fighters were arrested at the Nera hotel after they assembled for a…

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Ayuk Tabe Used As a Bargaining Chip By Biya – Jeune Afrique.

A week after the announcement of the transfer to Yaoundé 47 Cameroonian separatists, arrested in Nigeria, reactions are increasing to denounce their extradition. Many would have applied for asylum in Nigeria. This transfer, whose modalities remain unclear, is the result of several weeks of negotiations between Yaoundé and Abuja. “They will answer for their crimes” before the Cameroonian justice, had commented Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Communication, at a press conference to announce the extradition to Yaoundé of 47 Cameroonian separatists, refugees in Nigeria. The leader of the separatists, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, was…

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Nigeria Threatens Cameroon as 40,000 Refugees Cross the Border

Some 30,000-40,000 refugees from the Anglophone (English-speaking) Southern Cameroons region of Cameroon have been flooding across the border into Nigeria to escape violence and atrocities by the security forces of the Francophone (French-speaking) government of Cameroon’s president Paul Biya. The violence started in 2016, but at the start was one almost entirely one-sided violence, with the Francophone security forces violently attacking peaceful Anglophone protesters. In 2016, the peaceful protests began with claims by Anglophone lawyers that the legal and court systems are biased toward Francophones, with many laws passed without even…

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Cameroon must adopt ‘sincere, constructive dialogue’ in Anglophone crisis – E.U.

The European Union (E.U.) has waded into the recent upsurge of deadly violence in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions. It has subsequently tasked the government to ensure that lives do not continue to be lost as has been witnessed over the last weekend where a number of security officials and civilians have been killed. Whiles stressing the need for such acts of violence to be punished, the statement of Wednesday February 7, 2018 also reiterated the need for the Cameroon government to initiate sincere and constructive dialogue’ as a means of…

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Suspicious Biya’s Signature On Decrees Fuels More Confusion

Fake Biya signature is gradually confirming the population’s suspicion There have been speculations concerning the whereabouts of Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, who has been missing in action for some time now. But yesterday’s establishment of the constitutional council and the appointment of its members is causing more controversy. Yesterday’s presidential decrees established a constitutional council provided for in the 1996 constitution and appointed members of the said council. 77-year-old Clement Atangana, a legal expert of Beti extraction, who has been on retirement for more than ten years, was appointed as…

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