“Stop forcing Nigerian refugees to return home”, UN tells Cameroon.

The UN has expressed concern over the forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon in spite of recent tripartite agreement aimed at ensuring voluntary returns of nationals.

The refugees are part of the millions displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria. Majority of the displaced are internal within Nigeria with neighbouring countries like Cameroon and Niger hosting the others.

About 100,000 people have been killed since the insurgency started in 2009.

According to a statement from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday, Cameroon has forcefully returned more than 2,600 refugees back to Nigerian border villages “against their will”.

UNHCR spokesperson, Babar Balogh, said in the statement that the organisation was particularly concerned “as these forced returns have continued unabated”.

Mr. Balogh recalled that the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon signed a tripartite agreement with UNHCR in Yaoundé on March 2, 2017.

He said that the forced return of asylum-seekers and refugees was a “serious violation” of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1969 OAU Convention, which he said, Cameroon had ratified.

He, however, commended Cameroon for its generosity in hosting more than 85,000 Nigerian refugees but urged it to honour its obligations under international and regional refugee protection instruments.

The spokesman said that refugees had fled violent attacks from Boko Haram and urged that “their access to asylum and protection must be ensured”.

“Insecurity persists in parts of north-eastern Nigeria and access to basic services remains limited.

“Most returning refugees find themselves in situations of internal displacement upon return and are unable to return to their places of origin,” he stated.

He also said that UNHCR recognised the legitimate national security concerns of the Cameroon Government.


Source: NAN

“Nigerians Must Go”, Cameroon forcing Nigeria refugees home.

The UN refugee agency has criticised Cameroon for the forced return of hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria after they had fled from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency.

The UNHCR said forced returns had “continued unabated” despite an agreement earlier this month.

Under the deal, any returns would be voluntary and only “when conditions were conducive”.

This year, more than 2,600 refugees have been forcibly returned to Nigeria.

Many are unable to go back to their villages in Borno state for security reasons and have ended up in camps for displaced people.

In some cases, the UNHCR said, people had been returned “without allowing them time to collect their belongings”.

UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch spoke of “chaos” in the returns process and said “some women were forced to leave their young children behind in Cameroon, including a child less than three years old”.

Many of the returnees are now settled in the Banki camp for internally displaced people.

UNHCR staff also recorded about 17 people who claimed to be Cameroonian nationals, who it said had been deported by mistake to Banki.

It is common in the region to find people who have no documentary proof of their nationality.

The Cameroonian authorities have not responded to the UNCHR comments but have previously said Boko Haram militants have been entering the country disguised as refugees.

Militants have carried out a number of attacks in northern Cameroon in recent years, often using suicide bombers.

The UNHCR said forced return constitutes a serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1969 OAU Convention, both of which Cameroon has ratified.

It called on Cameroon to honour its obligations under the conventions and continue keeping its borders open so as to allow access to territory and asylum procedures for people fleeing the Islamist insurgency.


Source: BBC

Cameroon repatriates 517 Nigerians

Cameroon has forcibly repatriated more than 500 Nigerians who had fled into the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

A total of 517 Nigerians were sent back to their home country, including 313 who had applied for asylum, according to a UNHCR statement.

UNHCR Cameroon tweeted that it was “very concerned by these repatriations and continues to advocate for access to asylum and the principle of non-refoulement.”

Non-refoulement refers to the practice of not returning refugees to a country where they could face persecution.

UNHCR said it planned to sign an agreement with Nigeria and Cameroon on March 2 that would see 85,000 Nigerian refugees voluntarily resettled in their home country.

More than 61,000 refugees are currently living at the Minawao camp and a further 20,000 at the Logone-et-Chari camp in Cameroon’s far north region.

Nigeria and its neighbours have cooperated closely in fighting Boko Haram, which split into a faction aligned with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and another loyal to long time leader Abubakar Shekau in 2016.

Five countries—Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin—contribute troops to a regional taskforce aimed at routing the militants.

Cameroonian troops have also conducted cross-border operations against Boko Haram.

The military has succeeded in preventing the sect from carrying out organised attacks, but it still retains the capacity to carry out suicide and car bombings.

Seven suicide bombers blew themselves up last week on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital in north-east Nigeria.


Cameroon can never beat Nigeria in 2018 World Cup qualifiers – Onazi

Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, has said that Cameroon will not beat Nigeria in their 2018 World Cup double header later this year.

The Eagles are top of their qualifying group with six points and will host the newly-crowned African champions in August.

The return leg will be played four days later.

“I believe Cameroon can never beat us,” Onazi said.

“Not just Cameroon, but any other team.

“We will face them just as we approached our first two World Cup qualifiers. We are looking forward to the games.

“We wish to congratulate Cameroon for their AFCON success, they have done very well.

“But that notwithstanding we are also working on our own. All our players are doing well all over Europe and as a team we are doing very well.

“We wait for them and we will see what will see what’s going to happen as I believe so much in our team.”

Nigeria and Cameroon last clashed in a 2015 friendly in Belgium, with the Super Eagles running away 3-0 winners.

“We’re African champions, bring on Nigeria”, Indomitable Lions defender boasts.

Ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria, Cameroun defender, Ambrose Oyongo, says they will approach the back to back games with the mentality of champions of Africa.


Cameroun will face group leaders Nigeria in back to back World Cup qualifiers, with Nigeria four points ahead of them in the race to be in Russia following two straight victories. Cameroun have drawn their opening two games.


However, Oyongo believes there’s a change of mentality in the squad, which will make them approach their remaining World Cup qualifiers as the number one team in Africa after winning the Cup of Nations.


“The Confederations Cup in Russia will help us perfect our strategy before the games against Nigeria. We will be up against some of the best team in the World. We are champions of Africa, we are not scared of Nigeria,” he said.


Source: Guardian

Cameroon beat Ghana to reach Cup of Nations final

Michael Ngadeu and Christian Bassogog both netted in the second half as Cameroon beat Ghana 2-0 in Franceville on Thursday to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final.

A finely-poised tie remained goalless until the 72nd minute, when Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah failed to deal with a free-kick into his area and John Boye’s weak defensive header merely served as an assist for Ngadeu to control and fire home.

Bassogog then broke away to clinch the win and spark wild celebrations as Hugo Broos’s side progress to a final against Egypt in Libreville on Sunday.

Ghana, who have still never beaten Cameroon at the competition, will now go to Port-Gentil for a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso on Saturday.

This was their sixth consecutive Cup of Nations semi-final, but their wait to win the trophy for the first time since 1982 will go on.

Just as in their quarter-final win against DR Congo, Ghana were once again without Asamoah Gyan at kick-off as their captain struggled to shake off a groin injury.

In his absence, the Black Stars were second best for most of the first half and Cameroon were unfortunate not to be in front after a lively start to the match.

Adolphe Teikeu saw his header from a Benjamin Moukandjo corner cleared off the line by Harrison Afful and Razak had to get down to save when Robert Ndip Tambe swept a Moukandjo cross towards goal.

Moukandjo, the France-based captain of this inexperienced Cameroon side, also headed onto the roof of the net as the Ghanaians weathered the storm.

With Andre Ayew struggling to get into the game from his position on the left flank, Avram Grant’s side made little impression going forward until five minutes before half-time.

That was when Christian Atsu’s pass into the box split the Cameroonian defence and found Jordan Ayew, whose shot from a tight angle whistled just wide of Fabrice Ondoa’s far post.

In a reversal of roles, Ghana were the better team at the start of the second half with the lightning quick winger Atsu their main source of danger.

When one of his runs was illegally halted outside the area, Mubarak Wakaso whipped in the resulting free-kick and Ondoa flew high to his right to turn the ball behind.

The Indomitable Lions steadied themselves and got the breakthrough from a set-piece of their own, the goal Cameroon’s first in almost five hours since Ngadeu netted the winner against Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.

Ghana then sent on Gyan for the closing stages but as they pushed men forward Bassogog broke downfield and beat Razak to make it 2-0 in the third minute of added time.


Source: AFP

3 Nigerian government officials killed in Cameroon.

An armed group attacked a UN technical monitoring team in Koncha, a village near the Nigeria-Cameroon border on Tuesday, killing five persons, including three Nigerians and a Kenyan.

The deceased were killed in the process of demarcating and delineating the border between both countries in line with the judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Mohamed Chambas, UN envoy for West Africa and the Sahel, has called for “swift action” to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“According to preliminary reports, at around 14:00 hours, yesterday (Tuesday), an unknown armed group attacked a UN Technical Monitoring Team, killing five individuals – a UN independent contractor, three Nigerians nationals and one Cameroonian national – and injuring several others,” read a statement signed by Chambas.

“The team was conducting a field mission in the vicinity of Hosere Jongbi, near Kontcha, Cameroon, about 700 kilometres north of the capital Yaoundé, as part of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission mandate.”

Silas Sanga, Adamawa state attorney-general and commissioner of justice, identified one of the deceased as Zakari Bakari, the assistant surveyor-general of Taraba state.

“The Cameroonian authorities have released their corpses and the corpses have just arrived Adamawa as I am talking to you,” Sanga told NAN.

He explained another Nigerian from Jigawa also lost his life in the incident.

Othman Abubakar, spokesman of Adamawa police command, confirmed the killing, but said he had not received full details.


Source: The Cable

Nothing special about Lions of Cameroon, says NFF.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that Nigerians should not be worried by the smooth run of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun at the on-going Gabon 2017 AFCON.

The Lions and Super Eagles of Nigeria have scores to settle in August this year when hostilities resume for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The Camerounians, who will face the Black Stars of Ghana in the AFCON semifinal tomorrow, will be in Uyo to face the Super Eagles in August with the reverse fixture four days later at the hill top Stadium in Limbe, Cameroun. Nigeria currently leads the World Cup qualifying group with six points against Cameroon’s two.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, chairman Technical Committee of NFF, Chris Green said the Lions may be having it all smooth in the AFCON, but they will fall in the two-legged World Cup qualifier against the Eagles.

“This Camerounian team is not doing anything special in Gabon. I agree that the Super Eagles and Lions of Cameroun are perennial rivals, but we want to use this journey to Russia 2018 World Cup to prove a point that we are now ahead of them. The atmosphere in Gabon and the teams they have played so far will be different from the World Cup qualifiers.

“We have our plans, and our decision to allow the Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, to travel to Gabon to watch the matches will be an added advantage to us. He now has first hand information about the Lions.

“I am not saying that Cameroun is a push over, but I am assuring Nigerians that they won’t prevent the Eagles from flying to Russia. What the result of Cameroun’s smooth run in Gabon means to us is for the NFF to go the extra mile in preparing the Super Eagles for the challenges ahead. But as I said, there is nothing special about this Camerounian team,” Green stated.

Cameroon Boycott Monday’s Training Session.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon players have refused to train on Monday, in Gabon over bonuses row.


The players are demanding bonuses for their performance in the quarterfinal of the Africa cup of Nations (AFCON), against Senegal 5-4 on penalties.


Information reaching from the camp indicate that Hugo Broos’ men are demanding 12 million CFA Francs per player, as a qualification bonus for the quarterfinals and semifinals games.


However, the government had offered the players 10 Million CFA francs per player, after the initial plan of less than 4 Million CFA francs, an amount that squad captain Benjamin Moukandjo and his team mates termed as unacceptable.


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Internet blackout suffocates protests in Anglophone Cameroon

The African Investigative Publishing Collective, has called for international solidarity to protest the internet blackout that is suffocating the southern Cameroon regions since January 22.


In a statement Thursday, the AIPC said the blackout has cut off one of its members, veteran investigative editor, Bisong Etahoben, in Cameroon, from its interactions and transnational investigative projects.


The group said the Internet blackout was intended to suffocate protests in Anglophone regions against the mainly Francophone elite.


The AIPC said it was adding its voice to “protest against this repressive act by Biya’s autocratic regime which stifles communication, press freedom, contacts between Cameroonians and their relatives in the diaspora, and working relations between journalists like Chief Bisong and international colleagues, not to mention online money transfers for international work projects such as ours and from Cameroonians in the diaspora.


“In view of the poverty that reigns in many parts of Cameroon, which the Biya government has notably failed to address during its decennia-long reign, this is adding injury to injury.”


The Cameroon government has justified the blackout with the argument that social media were being used by ‘people with evil intentions to propagate false information to threaten the public and create panic.’


The AIPC said the government’s claim “is as nonsensical as, sadly, familiar in a world increasingly pervaded by a disdain for facts.”


The AIPC also published a clip sent out by Chief Bisong Etahoben just before the blackout.


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Cameroon claims progress in fight against Boko Haram

Cameroon said Wednesday its military offensive against Boko Haram across the Nigerian border has made major progress, with scores of jihadists killed and hundreds of hostages freed since December.

But in a sign of continuing jihadist trouble, four would-be human bombs — two young boys and two teenaged girls — tried to strike in Cameroon’s Far North province Wednesday.

Only the bombers died in the attempted attacks which were foiled by security forces and local vigilantes.

Cameroonian troops have in recent weeks killed some 100 Boko Haram fighters and freed “hundreds of hostages” held by the group, Cameroon’s government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said Tuesday.

Some 30 other jihadists have been taken prisoner and returned to Nigeria.

“Hundreds of freed hostages have (also) been sent back,” Tchiroma said.

With access to the combat zones tightly controlled, it was impossible to verify the government’s claims.

Cameroonian troops have been conducting cross-border operations alongside their Nigerian allies in the Nigerian village of Ngoshe since December 19, Tchiroma said.

“Unfortunately … three (Cameroonian) soldiers lost their lives” in January, he said. One was killed in a blast, the other two in fighting.

The operation, Tchiroma said, is being carried out “in perfect synergy with the (Nigerian) army command”.

He described it as a response to repeated incursions into Cameroonian territory by Boko Haram.

On Wednesday, four young suicide bombers were killed in the restive Far North province, located just across the border from the epicentre of Boko Haram’s insurgency in Nigeria, regional governor Midjiyawa Bakari said.

Two vigilantes supporting the armed forces were lightly injured, he added.

Cameroon’s Far North province has been the frequent target of suicide attacks, with many of them carried out by children.

Boko Haram’s brutal insurgency, launched in northern Nigeria in 2009, has spread across the border to Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

At least 20,000 people have been killed and some 2.6 million displaced in the violence.

7 Cameroon players shun AFCON

Seven Cameroon players have said they do not want to go to the African Nations Cup finals, setting them on a collision course with the country’s football federation and a possible ban from playing for their clubs while the tournament is on.

Joel Matip of Liverpool is one of the seven who told coach Hugo Broos they are not interested in being selected for the tournament in Gabon, which starts on January 14.

“These players have put personal interest above those of the national team and the federation reserves the right to take action against the players in accordance with FIFA regulations,” said Broos in a statement on Tuesday.

The other six are Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy), Allan Nyom (West-Bromwich-Albion), Maxime Poundje (Girondins-Bordeaux), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Olympique-Marseille) and Ibrahim Amadou (Lille).

All seven had earlier this month been named in a preliminary list of 35 for the tournament, where Cameroon are drawn in Group A with the hosts, Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau.

Cameroon’s football federation (Fecafoot) can ask FIFA to suspend the players at club level for the duration of the tournament, which ends on February 6, if they so desire.

Matip did not want to play for Cameroon for the moment because of a “bad experience” with the previous coaching staff, the statement said.

The German-born defender has not featured for Cameroon since the World Cup in Brazil but Broos, who took over in February, has twice been to see him to try and persuade him to return to the side.

Nyom told Broos he wanted to stay at West Bromwich Albion to keep his place in the team, a sentiment shared by Amadou, Ndy Assembe, Onana and Zambo Anguissa.

Poundje, uncapped by Cameroon, said he preferred to concentrate on setting his sights on playing for France.

Cameroon are to name the final 23-man squad for the tournament next week.

NEMA takes food to Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said on Sunday that it has conveyed a total of 1,460 bags of assorted food items to the 80,709 Nigerian refugees that were forced by Boko Haram into Cameroon.

NEMA had said that at least a documented 240,000 Nigerian refugees had fled into Cameroon, Chad and Niger in the wake of Boko Haram insurgents’ rampage and seizure of communities.

The relief agency had last week said in a report that it has recorded the return of 29,581 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.

The report came months after the news that Cameroon planned to repatriate at least 56,000 Nigerian refugees. NEMA said it acted upon a federal government directive to deliver the food relief in Cameroon for the purpose of feeding the refugees who are mostly from Borno State.

The spokesperson of NEMA, Sani Datti, said in a statement on Sunday that most of the refugees are camped in Minawao town and other locations in the far north region of Cameroon.

He said the delivery was made by a team of NEMA officials led by the relief agency’s Director of Search and Rescue, S. Muhammad, who represented the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sidi.

Mr. Datti said the officials “handed over the items to officials of Cameroon for onward presentation to the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) which has been managing the camp”.

“The Director General said NEMA will continue to liaise with the Government of the Republic of Cameroon to ensure that all Nigeria refugees are living in good condition.”

The team also appealed to youth in the camps “to desist from using drugs and urged them to always be of good character and be good ambassadors of our country”.

Some youth in the camp were recently arrested for drug use.

A Cameroon official who received the items, Menguene Marie, was said to have appreciated the Nigerian government for the timely gesture.

Similar appreciation was expressed by the vice chairman of the Nigerian refugees, Ashigar Mohammed from Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, who also called for immediate repatriation of refugees.

“We have been in Minawao camp for three years, we do have regular feeding, have school and hospital, but we want leaders of our communities back home to visit us,” he said.

The delivered food comprised 650 bags of rice, 300 bags of Guinea corn, 200 bags of millet, 150 bags of beans, 10 bags of groundnut, 50 bags of flour, 50 bags of sugar and 50 bags of salt. Others include 100 cartons of tinned tomato, 50 cartons of bouillon cubes, 150 cartons of spaghetti, 150 cartons of bath soap and 50 cartons of vegetable oil.

Watch unarmed students assaulted by armed police in Cameroon [Video]

Armed police in Bamenda which is the capital of northwest Cameroon dragged students across the streets and forced them to roll in sewage due to protests. In a video posted by Sahara Reporters on Twitter, policemen armed with batons are seen dragging unarmed youths and shoving them into a stagnant sewage water.
The video clearly shows how policemen go back and forth to fetch students and then order them to lie down in sewage water. While a particular lady protested, she was shoved and dragged right into the water while the seemingly lifeless bodies of some young men were lying motionless beside the sewage water.
The English-speaking region of Cameroon has been affected by protests by students and teachers over what they termed forceful take over by the government to replace them with French education system.
Armed police in Bamenda which is the capital of northwest Cameroon dragged students across the streets and forced them to roll in sewage due to protests. The English-speaking region of Cameroon has been affected by protests by students and teachers over what they termed forceful take over by the government to replace them with French education system.
English and French are the two official languages in the country but it was lately reported that the government which has been accuse of favouring French-speaking region was taking them to replace teaching in English-speaking schools with French teachers.
Tassang Wilfred who is the secretary-general of Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union said: “The French system of education is the majority and has been trying to wipe out our system of education, and that means wiping out our own cultural heritage.
“We have been trying to resist that, but we have got to the point where they [government] are infiltrating Francophone teachers who cannot speak English and don’t even master our own system of education and sometimes they teach in a language that’s neither English nor French. We call it Franglais or Pidgin,” he went on alleging.
“Anglophone teachers want to teach in English and we want Anglophone children to be taught by teachers who know the English sub-education system of Cameroon.”
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U.S. expresses concern over violence in Cameroon

The United States Government on Tuesday expressed concern over protests in Bamenda and Buea communities of Cameroon that later resulted in peoples’ deaths, injuries and destruction of property.


John Kirby, U.S. Department of State’s Assistant Secretary and spokesperson said in a statement that his government would want the Cameroonian Government to protect and defend the peoples’ rights.


“The United States is deeply concerned by the loss of life, injuries and damage as a result of protests that turned violent in Bamenda and Buea, in Cameroon.


“We are also concerned over the recent Cameroonian government’s actions to restrict free expression and peaceful assembly.


“We call on all parties to exercise restraint, refrain from further violence, and engage in dialogue, for a peaceful resolution to the current protests.


“The United States also urges the Government of Cameroon to protect and defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, ensure that all voices are heard and respected,” he said.


The U.S. official also said that his government was also worried over the ten-year prison sentences for persons who exchanged texts referencing Boko Haram.


Mr. Kirby also said the U.S. was concerned about the arrest of 54 members of the opposition Cameroon People’s Party, while they were peacefully holding their party’s meeting.


“The constitution of Cameroon guarantees freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.


“We believe that non-threatening rhetoric and activities, especially private conversations and gatherings, warrant neither prosecution nor government censure,’’ he added.

Thousands of Nigerian refugees return from Niger, Cameroon.

Thousands of Nigerians forced by Boko Haram fighters to flee abroad from their homes in the North-east have began to return home, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.

A report by the agency said at least 29,581 of the documented 240,000Nigerian refugees who had fled into Cameroon, Chad and Niger are back in the country.

The report came months after the news that Cameroon planned to repatriate at least 56,000 Nigerian refugees.

The Nigerian government debunked an allegation that it had endorsed the plan for the repatriation.

In 2015, Cameroon, a non-member country of the ECOWAS, was accused of dehumanizing Nigerian refugees by chasing about 2,600 of them out of their territory without informing Nigerian officials.

In gross violation of the international etiquettes on refugees management, Cameroonian officials reportedly piled the Nigerian refugees into trucks and dumped them in border communities in Adamawa state.

Most of the returnees had lamented the unfriendly environment they endured in Cameroon before its government finally hauled them out.

They claimed that the Cameroonian gendarmes evacuated about 12,000 Nigerians in just four days by cramping about 40 refugees, including women and children, into vehicles designed for 12 to 15 passengers.

In June, the Nigerian government signed a tripartite agreement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugee, UNHCR, and Cameroon for the return of the refugees. About 80,000 Nigerian refugees were expected to return following the agreement.

According to the latest NEMA report on ‘humanitarian relief intervention,’ “about 29, 581 Nigerians who fled communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa as result of insurgent activities to Republic of Niger and Cameroon voluntarily returned last year”.

The report, which was issued by the spokesman of NEMA, Sani Datti, said “13,046 Nigerians returned from Niger Republic in May 2015 and were received in Geidam, Yobe State”.

This group were those forcefully repatriated by Cameroon.

Between April and December, 2015 “NEMA received about 16,595 Nigerians that had voluntarily returned from Cameroon through the Sahuda border crossing area near Mubi, Adamawa State”, the report further stated.

The report indicated that most of the refugees were being received back in IDP camps where officials of the concerned north-east states joined other aid agencies to provide them with humanitarian relief supports.

“Some of the Nigerians that fled to neighbouring countries (Niger, Chad and Cameroon) were provided with humanitarian relief support by Nigeria through NEMA to alleviate their suffering”, the report said.

“The displaced Nigerians have also received humanitarian supports from the host governments, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the host communities and Nigerian citizens living in the three host countries.

“There are presently 20,804 displaced Nigerians living in Chad, 80,709 in Cameroon and 138,321 in Niger”, the report stated.

NEMA said it hopes to get over the issue of humanitarian conflict, with the improving “successes recorded by the Nigerian Military with the support of Multi-National Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents”.

The agency said its focus was “gradually shifting towards Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Recovery and dignified return of IDPs back home while process for the return of Nigerian refugees from neighbouring countries is equally on-going”.

The relief agency also said it would sustain the humanitarian response through enhanced collaboration with the affected states and relevant stakeholders in order to overcome the challenges in the north-east of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, about 240,000 documented Nigerians remained trapped in Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic, waiting for help to return home.

239,834 Nigerian Refugees In Chad, Cameroon, Niger– NEMA

A total of 239,834 Nigerians who were displaced by the activities of insurgents in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states are still living as refugees in neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Republic of Chad and Niger Republic.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency, over 100,000 displaced Nigerians reside in Niger, while the second largest number of refugees were in Cameroon.

Quoting from a recently released humanitarian intervention report by NEMA, the agency’s Head for Media and Public Relations, Mr. Sani Datti, in a statement issued on Monday said, “There are presently 20,804 displaced Nigerians living in the Republic of Chad; 80,709 in the Republic of Cameroon; and 138,321 in the Republic of Niger.”

He noted that about 29,581 displaced Nigerians who fled their communities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to Republic of Niger and Cameroon voluntarily returned last year.

Datti stated that 13,046 Nigerian returnees came from Niger Republic in May 2015 and were received in Geidam, Yobe State.

According to him, between April and December 2015, NEMA received about 16,595 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Cameroon through the Sahuda border crossing area near Mubi, Adamawa State.

Datti said, “Some of the Nigerians that fled to neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon were provided with humanitarian relief support by the Federal Government of Nigeria through NEMA, to alleviate their suffering.

“The displaced Nigerians have also received humanitarian support from the host governments, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the host communities and Nigerian citizens living in the three host countries.”

Datti noted that the agency adopted a monthly Humanitarian Coordination Meeting, a forum which consists of relevant Federal Government agencies, UN systems and international non-governmental organisations.

The forum, he said, undertakes analysis on causes of humanitarian situations, conducts need assessments, identifies and provides humanitarian interventions based on its respective mandates.

“The report added that due to the successes recorded by the Nigerian military with the support of Multi-National Joint Military Task Force in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, the humanitarian dashboard is fast changing,” Datti said in the statement.

He noted that focus was gradually shifting towards reconstruction, rehabilitation, resettlement, recovery and dignified return of IDPs back home, while the process for the return of Nigerian refugees from neighbouring countries were equally on-going.

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Boko Haram suicide bombers attack Cameroon.

Two young female suicide bombers attacked a town in Cameroon’s far north region early on Thursday, authorities said, the fourth strike near the Nigerian border by suspected Boko Haram militants this week.


One of the bombs exploded in Mora, killing the girl and wounding at least four people, said Babila Akaou, prefect of the Mayo-Sava department.


Locals killed the second bomber before her device detonated, he added, without going into further details.


Fighters from Boko Haram have killed thousands in their campaign to carve out an Islamist state in their base in northeast Nigeria and have also launched attacks in neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.


The group has frequently used female bombers and children to hit targets.


The two girls, aged between 13 and 18, entered the town early on market day and were spotted by a watch committee, said Akaou.


“They were heading toward the market. They weren’t wearing shoes … which drew attention,” said a local named Abou. The girls passed by him around 7 a.m., he said.


Suicide bombers have launched attacks in Mora, about 30 km (20 miles) from the Nigerian border, several times before.


Similar attacks used to happen on an almost daily basis in Cameroon but the International Crisis Group reported this month that the frequency had fallen since September, leading analysts to believe Boko Haram was weakening there.

Four killed in Cameroon language riots.

Four people have reportedly been killed in clashes between protesters and police in the predominantly English-speaking part of Cameroon.

Lawyers and teachers are opposing the influence exerted by Francophone speakers in their lives in a country that is officially bilingual.

The opposition Social Democratic Front, whose leader John Fru Ndi hails from the north-west, said four people have been killed in the teachers protests.

The clashes erupted after the Cameroon Teacher’s Trade Union called a strike to protest “against the dominance of their Francophone colleagues” in the education sector.

The union’s secretary-general, Tassang Wilfred, told Radio France Internationale why they were protesting: “For years, until now, we have unsuccessfully tried to bring the government to respond to our grievances.

“At the heart of the problem is the deployment of Francophone teachers in Anglophone schools. The government, due to tribalism and nepotism, even recruited Francophones to teach English to Francophone children. This is scandalous.”

The tension between the Anglophone and Francophone parts of the country has also seen lawyers calling for the translation of legal texts into English.

On Tuesday, the police dispersed lawyers who were demonstrating in front of the court of appeal in Bamenda, the main English-speaking city.

During the protests they announced the formation of a new bar for Anglophones, Cameroon-Info .net reported on Wednesday.

The lawyers, who comprise about one third of Cameroon’s bar, have been on an indefinite strike since October 11 to protest against what they say is the government’s preference for the use of French in the courts, reports the BBC.

Cameroon has two legal systems founded on French civil law and English common law.

Anglophone speakers make up a minority in Cameroon – about 20% of the country’s 22 million people, and most live in the country’s two English-speaking regions, the Southwest and Northwest provinces.

The strike action has been supported by the outlawed Southern Cameroons National Council, which advocates for the secession of the two provinces.

In a statement published in the English language Cameroon Daily Journal on Tuesday, it said: “We wholeheartedly salute the common law lawyers and the teachers who as custodians respectively of the common law heritage and the Anglo-Saxon educational system have dutifully risen to combat assimilation and the annihilation of our core values and identity by the neo-coloniser la Republique du Cameroun. But the problem is far larger than meets the bird’s eye view.”

Cameroon’s English speakers in violent protest over ‘marginalisation’

Thousands of English-speaking Cameroonians on Tuesday violently protested what they called attempts to marginalise them in the mainly French-speaking West African nation.


Protesting their “second-class citizenship status,” demonstrators erected barricades with burning tyres and set several houses on fire in Bamenda, the capital of the North West Region, and Buea, the capital of the South West Region.


English speakers, who live mainly in those two regions, say the government makes fewer public funds available in their parts of the country than in regions dominated by French-speakers.


“We have no roads, no hospitals, no water, nothing,” Bamenda resident Fidelis Manchou told journalists.


Police fired shots into the air and tried to disperse the crowds with tear gas.

Local Cameroonian liquor kills 14 people.

Fourteen people have died in eastern Cameroon after consuming a locally brewed liquor, State broadcaster, the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV), reported.


CRTV said the victims had consumed a drink known locally as odontol.


The residents of seven villages in the municipality of Mindoro, reportedly consumed the liquor after they returned from their farms.


The liver


The eastern Cameroon public health officer, Dr Robert Mathurin Bidjang, said two other people who took the drink were in ‘a critical condition’ at a local government hospital.


He said medical examination showed that the liquor contained a component that attacks the liver and makes the victim lose sight and consciousness.


A team of community workers was mobilised to continue the search for any other people who may have consumed the lethal drink.


People died


The government of Cameroon has been sensitising communities on the dangers of odontol, which was widely consumed in many areas.


About 20 people died in Yaoundé after consuming odontol in 1997, according reports.

Cameroon Must Beat Nigeria – Fecafoot

Cameroon have said that victories over Nigeria in their next 2018 World Cup Qualifying fixture remain their surest way to get a ticket to Russia 2018 after a dismal display against Zambia in Limbe.

A Vincent Aboubakar first half stoppage time penalty helped Hugo Broos’ side salvage a 1-1 draw against Wedson Nyirenda’s men placing the Indomitable Lions second in Group B with just two points, four adrift of Gernot Rohr’s men.

In a statement released by the Cameroonian Football Federation, the four-time Afcon winners have set their sights on halting the Super Eagles’ great run of form to get to the quadrennial tournament.

“The coming months will be months of hard work: in January and February next national team will have to confirm its ambition to restore the national coat of arms, during his participation in the CAN GABON 2017 more under its qualifying campaign for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, that of September 2017 will be of great importance with two decisive matches against Nigeria, currently first in our group,” Fecafoot wrote on their website.

“To maintain the positive report on the performance of our various national teams, one goal is needed, one to shine in Gabon and win these two matches against Nigeria.”

Cameroon will hope to stage an upset when they visit Nigeria on August 28, 2017 before playing host on September 2nd, 2017.

Death Toll In Cameroon Train Crash Hits 79

The death toll in last week’s train crash in Cameroon has climbed to 79, state radio said Monday, as the authorities continued to comb through the wreckage.

On Sunday, 11 more bodies were pulled from the debris of the packed passenger train that derailed on Friday between Cameroon’s two main cities, CRTV reported.



Boko Haram Hits Cameroon Market

A suicide bombing in northern Cameroon has killed at least three people and injured around 20 others. Authorities believe the attack was the work of Islamist group Boko Haram.

Officials said a man on a motorcycle detonated explosives early Sunday after riding into a market in the town of Mora, near the border with Nigeria.

Midjiyawa Bakary, the governor of Cameroon’s Far North region, said three people plus the bomber were killed. Another five were seriously wounded and airlifted to another town for specialized hospital care.

No one has claimed responsibility, although a security source cited by Reuters said authorities believe the attack was carried out by militant group Boko Haram.

Cross border attacks

The Nigeria-based jihadi group has staged frequent cross border attacks in Cameroon and other countries in a bid to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region. At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.8 million displaced since the group launched its insurgency in 2009.

Mora is home to the headquarters of a multi-national force fighting Boko Haram. Troops from Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad make up the regional military campaign.

Last year Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Middle East-based terror group “Islamic State.”

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FG, UNHCR, Republic Of Cameroon Sign Agreement To Return Nigerian Refugees

The Federal Government has signed a tripartite agreement with the UN High Commission for Refuge (UNHCR) and the Republic of Cameroon for the return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.
Muhammad Sidi, the Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), disclosed this when an AU Humanitarian Mission led by Dr Aisha Abdullahi, AU’s Commissioner Political Affairs, visited the agency in Abuja.
Sidi, in a statement signed by Sani Datti, NEMA’s Information Officer, said that “80,000 Nigerians are taking refuge in Cameroon and are being catered for by the Federal Government”.
He commended the Federal Government, state governments affected by the insurgency, the UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector for supporting the refugees.
The NEMA director-general also thanked all the development partners and donor agencies for working tirelessly in supporting the Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) and the government and people of Nigeria.
Sidi said the organisations had “done a lot in the past four years to manage large numbers of IDPs in the North-East”.
He said with the war against Boko Haram almost over, the stakeholders in the humanitarian response “have moved from the emergency response stage to recovery and resettlement of the IDPs”.
He urged the visiting AU commissioner to use her office to seek more assistance and support for the persons and the states affected by the insurgency.
Abdullahi had said that the AU team was in Nigeria to assess the humanitarian situation and to discuss areas of possible support.
The statement quoted her as saying that the displaced Nigerians were of concern to the AU.
“The records available to AU indicate that there are about 13 million displaced persons and three million refugees on the continent.
“I commend the efforts of the Nigerian government and the military for degrading and minimizing the activities of the insurgents in the North-East.
“The AU will continue to give more attention to the issues of displacement through interaction and focus on addressing the root causes of conflicts in Africa,’’ Abdullahi said.



Suspected Cameroon Bomber Not From Chibok

The Chibok Community in Abuja on Tuesday said the suspected female suicide bomber that was arrested in Cameroon was not from their community, based on  information made available to them by the Federal Government.

The Chairman of the community, Tsambido Abana, said on Tuesday that the suspect had never attended a conventional school, noting that the minor, who does not speak English, was believed to be from Bama area of Borno State.

Asked if his group had seen the girl’s picture, Abana stated that it was not released to him or his community members, adding that the picture was given to Aisha Oyebode of Murtala Muhammed Foundation for verification.

He said he would not approach the foundation for the picture, noting that it was clear that the girl was not from Chibok, based on the information released by the government.

“I won’t bother to go and see the picture, because from the information given by the government, it is apparent that the girl is not from Chibok. Going to see the picture would create an unnecessary tension and expectation among the Chibok parents whose daughters are missing,” he said.

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Cameroon Sentences 89 Boko Haram Members To Death

Cameroun has sentenced 89 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group to death over terror charges.

In contrast, Nigeria where the deadly insurgency started and has recorded tens of thousands of deaths caused by the violent sect, has only convicted a handful of terrorists to prison terms.

Rather than convicting terrorists, who have been caught and detained in special prison facilities in mainly northern Nigeria, the federal government has been expending huge resources on their rehabilitation.

According to a BBC report, a Camerounian military court tried the insurgents over their roles in several attacks in the northern part of the country which borders Nigeria. Since 2009 when Boko Haram launched its campaign of violence, Cameroun has been its next target after Nigeria.

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Cameroon Appeals To President Buhari For Products Waiver

The Consul-General of Cameroon in Lagos, Nigeria, Dr Paul Ekorong a Dong, on Thursday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to give waivers for more Cameroonian products to be in Nigerian markets.


Ekorong a Dong told newsmen in Lagos that his government had over the years been approaching the Nigerian government to allow more Cameroonian products into the Nigerian markets.


According to him, Cameroon cannot currently export wood, soap, oil, chocolate and cocoa products to Nigeria.


“Once again, the Cameroonian government will like to appeal to President Buhari to consider giving waivers for more of our products that are presently not available in Nigerian markets.

“We have already submitted a list of products that Cameroon should have liked to be given waivers by the Nigerian government. We are still waiting for their response.

“We are very ready to bring these products to our Nigerian brothers and sisters,’’ he said.


Ekorong a Dong expressed optimism that the waivers would enhance win-win trade cooperation between both countries.


The Consul-General said that the current trade relation between both countries was more favourable to Nigeria, adding that there were currently more of Nigerian products in Cameroon.


The envoy said that within the last four years, Nigeria had become Cameroon’s world largest economic partner followed by France.


“Since our independence, France had always been our world largest economic partner, but today, Nigeria has taken over from France.

“This is an indication of the level of trade and vitality of relations going on between Nigeria and Cameroon,’’ he said.



60,000 Nigerians In Cameroon Refugees’ Camp

There are over 60,000 Nigerian refugees in the Minawao camp, Maruoa in far North Region of Cameroon.

Minister of Interior Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau visited the camp during his three days official visit to the neigbbouring countries.

He assured the Nigerian Refugees that Government committed to relocating them back to their communities at home.

He assured them that since peace has returned to the areas hitherto controlled by the Boo Haram, they can easily be integrated into the system back home.

Gen. Dambazau also donated food and other essential items to the displaced Nigerians in Cameroon on behalf of the Federal Government.

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Terrorism: Dambazau Off To Cameroon, Chad

The Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Dambazau, left the country yesterday on a three-day visit to Cameroon and Chad.

The Press Secretary to the minister, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, said Dambazau was accompanied on the trip by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon  E. Arase, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Martins Abeshi, the Director General of NEMA, the Solicitor General of the Federation and other top government officials.


The minister’s spokesman also said Dambazau is billed to meet with the Interior ministers of Cameroon and Chad in order to strategize on internal security threats, especially those with cross border effects.

Ehisienmen added that the minister’s interaction is expected to develop into a robust platform for collaborative action, information sharing and improved border security to check inflow of small arms and light weapons, drugs, illegal migration, human trafficking and movement of terrorists across borders.

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Cooperation With Cameroon’s Forces Yielding Results – Army

The Nigerian Army says its collaboration with the Cameroonian Army is yielding results and has brought “renewed vigour” in the counter-insurgency operation along the countries’ borders.


This is contained in a statement issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in Abuja on Monday.


He said the renewed cooperation had led to several joint operations carried out by troops of both countries at Kirawa junction and Pulka communities in Borno.


Usman said a recent joint operation by troops of the 26 Task Force Brigade and a unit of the Cameroonian forces resulted in the rescue of 112 persons at Kirawa junction.


He added that the cooperation had also helped in the removal of mines along the axis of the troops’ advance.


“Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade married up with Cameroonian forces for joint operations in Kirawa junction. Although they did not meet any of the terrorists in the axis of advance, they rescued eight men, 36 women and 68 children in the area.

“To further consolidate on the cordial relationship, the Commander of Cameroonian 1st Battalion, paid a courtesy call on his counterpart, the Commanding Officer of 121 Task Force Battalion in Pulka.

“The visiting unit assisted with the de-mining of a section of the road between Kirawa Junction to Pulka and handed over two suspected Boko Haram terrorists to the Nigerian unit’’, he said.


Usman said the joint operation, however, recorded its first casualty with the killing of a Cameroonian officer, when a vehicle conveying troops ran into a mine along the Pulka-Ngoshe road.


He said eight other Cameroonian soldiers were injured in the accident during an operational visit to the 26 Task Force Brigade base.


On the progress report on the operations in the region, Usman said troops had intensified patrols in the general area to clear the remnant of the terrorists’ camps.


He added that troops of 113 Battalion, on patrol to Ngwala, cleared Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Ngorta and Aritimie villages.


Usman said the patrol team closed a market at Ngwala village as a result of the Boko Haram activities in the area.


According to him, the patrol team, during its cordon and search operation around the area, recovered two pick-up vehicles and 12 motorcycles belonging to fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.




Suicide Bombers Kill 6, Injure 30 In Cameroon

At least six civilians were killed and over 30 injured Wednesday in a double suicide attack in Cameroon’s northern border region with Nigeria, regularly attacked by Boko Haram fighters, security sources said.

“Six civilians were killed as well as two suicide bombers who blew themselves up” during a funeral wake in the village of Nguetchewe, the source told AFP, adding that between 30-50 people were injured.

A police source in the region said several children were among the victims.

Cameroon Sees Surge In Bombings As Nigeria Chases Boko Haram

Nigeria’s campaign to quash the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has triggered a surge of bombings in neighboring Cameroon, where the army says it’s making headway in stopping attacks on military targets.

Cameroon’s Far North region has been hit by as many as 19 militant attacks since the beginning of the year, mostly bombings by teenagers with explosive devices strapped to their bodies. At least 74 people were killed, in addition to almost 1,100 civilians who died in extremist violence since 2013, according to government data.

“Increased military pressure in Nigeria has forced militants across the border,” Malte Liewerscheidt, senior Africa analyst at Bath, England-based risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, said in e-mailed comments. “Boko Haram operates rear bases in remote border areas, which are supported by networks based on ethnic kinship in Cameroon’s Far North region. These factors enable Boko Haram to operate with a degree of impunity.”

Following his election last year, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the army of Africa’s biggest economy to wipe out Boko Haram. The group has since lost territory in the northeast but continues to carry out bombings and hit-and-run attacks.

Cameroon, the world’s fifth-biggest cocoa producer, is situated on the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea and has sub-Saharan Africa’s fourth-largest proven gas reserves totaling 4.8 trillion cubic feet, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The Cameroonian government says it’s defeating the insurgents with the help of a joint military task force set up in August to combat a surge in cross-border attacks. The 8,700-member force will consist of soldiers from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, and Niger, countries which have all been targeted by the militants. France and China have pledged to donate weapons and vehicles.

The task force has a mandate to operate in several countries and “has been doing so with great success, as seen by the tactical changes Boko Haram has been obliged to make,” army spokesman Didier Badjeck said by phone from Yaounde, the capital. “They have been forced to adopt guerrilla tactics and suicide bombings.”

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Suicide Attack At Cameroon Mosque Kills Four

Four worshippers were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in northern Cameroon on Monday, a security source said, five days after a similar attack left 13 people dead.

Monday’s attack took place in the village of Nguetchewe in an area regularly targeted by Boko Haram, theAFP reported.

“The toll of this attack is four dead and two injured,” the source, who was at the scene of the attack, toldAFP on condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday last week, suicide bomber killed 13 worshippers and wounded at least one in an attack on a mosque also in northern Cameroon.

Officials said last week’s attack was suspected to have been carried out by terror group, Boko Haram.

Cameroonian troops form part of an 8,700-strong regional force created to battle Boko Haram.

The United States recently disclosed plans to send military supplies and troops to the Central African country to aid the fight.

 “The suicide attack took place at 5.40am (04.40 GMT) in a mosque at Kouyape. There were 13 deaths, including the man, who blew himself up and one wounded,” said a senior local official, who declined to be identified.

The suicide bomber, who struck at the mosque, was said to be praying alongside worshippers when he blew himself up, a security source told AFP.

“Twelve worshippers were killed at the scene. Another died of his wounds in the hospital,” the source added.

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Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 10 In Cameroon Mosque

A Cameroon senior local official said suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded at least one in an attack on a mosque in northern Cameroon on Wednesday.

The official in the Far North region of Douala said on condition of anonymity that the attack was linked to an insurgency by militant group Boko Haram.

The official disclosed that the suicide attack took place at 5:40 a.m. in a mosque at Kouyape.

He said there were 13 deaths including the man who blew himself up and one wounded.

The official noted that many of the recent Cameroon attacks have been conducted by women.





Special Forces Kill Female Suicide Bombers With Guns, Arrows In Cameroon

Security forces armed with guns and arrows killed two young women wearing explosive vests in a north Cameroon town on Monday, the second raid there in days by suspected Boko Haram militants from neighboring Nigeria, witnesses said.

The would-be suicide bombers, described as adolescent girls, entered Kolofata just before dawn, residents and officials told Reuters.

“The first kamikaze (suicide bomber) exploded near my house … When she entered, the local vigilance committee fired an arrow at her head and she set off her bomb,” said resident Bahoua, who declined to give his full name.

Self-defense groups have sprung up across north Cameroon and are overseen by the army.

The other young woman was shot by special forces, known by their French initials BIR, one of the sources said. There were no reports of anyone else being killed or wounded in the town about 10 km (6 miles) from the Nigerian border, said locals.

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Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Kill 8 In Cameroon

Eight people were killed and 21 wounded in a suspected suicide bombing by Boko Haram early on Friday morning in Cameroon’s Far North region, local officials said.

The Islamist militant group wants to establish an Islamic caliphate in northeastern Nigeria, and its attacks have spilled across the borders of neighboring countries.

“There were two suicide bombers,” said a local official. “Only the first bomb exploded.”

Along with Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin, Cameroon has contributed troops to an 8,700-strong regional task force dedicated to fighting Boko Haram. The United States has also sent troops to supply intelligence and other assistance.

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UN Official Says Now Is The Time To Flush Out Boko Haram

A UN top aid official in Cameroon, Najat Rochdi, on Tuesday said Boko Haram Islamist militant group was expanding and the time to stop them was now.
Rochdi, who is Resident Coordinator of UN aids activities in the country, said in Yaoundé that the terrorists’ strategy was to demonstrate its power with daily suicide bombings, using young girls.
“Its offensive is bankrupting Cameroon’s economy and destroying a fragile society, especially influencing the young.
Boko Haram is giving them a sense, because they are convincing them that it is a sacrifice for the better. So we have to show them that they don’t have to die to have a better life,” she said.

She said that there was a chance to stop and uproot their activities in Cameroon, because the group’s recruits were driven by poverty and marginalisation.
“If it was Jihadism, we all know it’s very difficult to compete with God. But, because it’s just about having a voice and empowerment and economic opportunities and believing in a future, that’s something we know how to do,” Rochdi said.
She recalled that Boko Haram declared allegiance to the Islamic State in March and stepped up its bombing, tripling Cameroon’s number of displaced people to 158,000.
Rochdi said the group now straddled the borders of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon with number estimated at 40,000 and ambitions to set up an oil-rich Islamic state around Lake Chad.
“We used to have pockets of Boko Haram, it’s definitely expanding.
“It looks like they are trying to break through inside the country and also towards the borders in the east, the borders with Central African Republic,’’ she said.
She said the impact of the sect’s activity on farming and markets had more than doubled the number of food-insecure people to 2.2 million and that more than 15 per cent of children were acutely malnourished.
Rochdi said that UN was trying to counter Boko Haram by re-establishing markets and the jobs that went with them as well as getting children back to school.
She said that the danger was that Boko Haram could grow and link up with other Islamist groups, potentially triggering a worse refugee crisis in Europe than the one seen this year.



Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Kill 3 Nigerian Refugees In Cameroon

Two female suicide bombers, suspected of belonging to militant group Boko Haram?,? have killed three Nigerians in a truck full of refugees in a town in Cameroon’s far north region, a local government source, said.

Military sources had said earlier that they suspected the bombers’ target was a nearby mosque in Fotokol.

The first bomb went off during a security check and it was unclear if the second bomber had detonated her bomb or whether she had been killed first by Cameroonian forces.

Boko Haram insurgents had waged a six-year campaign of violence, killing thousands of people and displacing many from their communities in north eastern part of Nigeria.

Neighbouring countries, including Cameroon, joined forces against the group in 2014, as its offensive spread beyond Nigeria’s borders.

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Read Footballer Samuel Eto’o’s ‘Strong’ Statement On Boko Haram

Former Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o is using his fame for a good cause as he has now given a strong statement against the deadly terrorists called Boko Haram ravaging the Northern part of Nigeria. The former Barcelona and Chelsea star has set up the Yellow Whistleblower FC foundation to raise funds and awareness to help people fleeing Nigeria and Cameroon amid the increasing amount of attacks from Boko Haram militants.

Eto’o, says it’s time the world stepped up its response to this menace called Boko Haram. The 34-year-old urged leaders and the media to react as they did to the terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris in January.

“It is important for us to talk about it — if we don’t do it, who will? We all tried to offer our support (after Charlie Hebdo). We saw African head of states coming to Paris to offer their support to France.” He said in an interview with CNN.

“Why, when it comes to Africa — when it comes to our continent — don’t we do anything? Maybe because the media are not doing what they should do.

“When it comes to Charlie Hebdo, we talk about it. The media were right: It was important to talk about that. However when it comes to Boko Haram, we need to wait for the most horrific things to happen for the media to say a word.” said the four-time African player of the year.

“After that, everybody stops talking about it. It is like nothing ever happened.

“I think journalists should have denounced this situation. We saw what happened in France. We were very sad about this. We were asking ourselves, ‘How can this happen? How can they succeed? How can these people take away lives of happy people who had families and friends?’”

“I was affected, like many of my African brothers, by Boko Haram. We haven’t been affected by such horrors in a very long time,” he said. “We are seeing these atrocities and we seem powerless.

“We need to cope with this situation. We need to denounce it and find solutions at our level while our armed forces do their own job on the ground.”

Eto’o said one of the most effective ways to defeat Boko Haram and its ideology would be through education, which he called “the most formidable weapon.”

“We need to create schools and give the possibility to these children to learn and understand,” explained Eto’o, whose illustrious career has taken him to Italy, Spain, Russia, England and Turkey, winning three European Champions League titles. He was reportedly one of the the world’s highest-paid players at Anzhi Makhachkala.

“Some of these children affected by the situation are young and are easily manipulable, and they are manipulated. These children are used and join this terrorist organization.”

Eto’o, who now plays for Turkish club Antalyaspor, said: “We wanted to show the right way to our young brothers, but the ignorance that we have in Africa leads to our own brothers shooting at us.

“When you are African, and you are sometimes better (at something) than Europeans or Americans, you’re not considered African.

“It’s frustrating but you can’t be mad. I refuse to be ignorant. The only message that I want to give is that I want people to have easy access to education.”

1 Killed, 20 Others Injured In Cameroon During Stampede At Crusade By Pastor Johnson Suleiman

One person has been confirmed dead while others were injured during a stampede that occurred at a crusade by Nigerian pastor, Suleiman Johnson which held at the Reunification Stadium in Bepanda, Douala in Cameroon yesterday October 20th. According to reports, the roof of the stadium caved in immediately after the crusade ended which caused panic. People began rushing and pushing themselves. Those who were injured are receiving medical attention in various hospitals.

US President, Obama Sends 300 Troops To Cameroon To Support Fight Against Boko Haram

President Obama on Wednesday, October 14, said he had ordered 300 troops to Cameroon to work with West African soldiers seeking to counter the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram. In a letter to Congress, Obama said that the troops would provide “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance” in the region.

White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, said that the troops would be armed for their protection but that they would not engage in combat.

President Obama said that an advance force of about 90 military personnel had begun deploying to Cameroon, which borders Nigeria, on Monday, October 12. Administration officials said that unarmed Predator drones would be sent with the troops, who will aid a multinational task force composed of soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Benin, Niger and Nigeria.

Source: The New York Times 

Boko Haram: US Sends Troops, Drones To Cameroon

The United States is sending 300 US troops along with surveillance drones to Cameroon to bolster a West African effort to counter the Boko Haram sect, US officials said.

In a notification to Congress, President Barack Obama said an advance force of about 90 military personnel began deploying on Monday to Cameroon, with the consent of the Yaounde government.

The troops will “conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the region,” Obama said.

“These forces are equipped with weapons for the purpose of providing their own force protection and security, and they will remain in Cameroon until their support is no longer needed,” he added

US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the troops would provide intelligence to a multi-national task force being set up to fight Boko Haram, composed of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin Republic.

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Boko Haram Kills 8, Kidnaps Many After Reading Names From Hit List In Cameroon

 Residents in northern Cameroon say suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed eight people and kidnapped an unknown number of others for collaborating with Cameroon security forces in the nation’s border village of Aisaharde near a military base in Mora.

Pia Robert, a resident of Aisaharde village, near a military base in Mora, said in a telephone interview that about 30 assailants stormed the village early on Thursday and moved from door to door reading the names of people from a list. He said when someone’s name was read, he was accused of collaborating with Cameroonian soldiers and immediately killed or taken away.

He said three women and five men were slaughtered and their houses were burnt. He added that Cameroon soldiers arrived three hours after the incident, saw the corpses and started investigations, but it is still early to say how many were kidnapped.

Midjiyawa Bakary, the governor of Far North Cameroon, confirmed the attack, saying a few houses were burnt and the military is combing the hills on the border with Nigeria to track the assailants.

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Cameroon Sends Back 650 More Nigerian IDPs

Sa’ad Bello, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Camps Coordinator, said on Wednesday in Fufore, Adamawa, that the agency has received another 650 Nigerians sent back home from Cameroun Republic.

“So far, we have received over 9,000 Nigerians who escaped from Boko Haram attacks to Cameroun Republic,” he said. “The repatriated Nigerians were mostly women and children from Borno.”

According to him, the agency has settled the IDPs in four major camps in the state which include the NYSC Orientation Camp at Bajabure in Girei Council Area, the Malkohi IDPs Camp in Yola South Council Area, the Fufore Camp in Fufore Local Government and Saint Theresa Catholic Camp in Yola North Area.

He said that the new IDPs were undergoing intensive security and health screening, and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to collaborate with the agency in assisting the IDPs.

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Boko Haram Kills 5 In Borno, 30 In Cameroon

Borno State and neighbouring Cameroon have continued to be under heavy attacks from suspected members of the Boko Haram, killing at least five persons in the former and, 30 in the latter.

On Wednesday, members of the sect stormed a Borno village called Mainari but were repelled by security forces. That was, however, not until at least five people had been killed.

A military source said gunshots rang out in the village on Wednesday evening, adding that troops engaged in firefights with the insurgents lasting about an hour.

Five villagers were killed by militants and six were injured while fleeing the attack in Mainari, 20 km southeast of Maiduguri, according to two armed civilian volunteers who helped the military repel the attackers.

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Cameroon Frees Lagos Based Journalist

Cameroonian authorities on Tuesday freed a Lagos-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, after detaining him for four days in the country’s far north region.

In a statement issued in Cameroon on Tuesday, the journalists union in the country said President Paul Biya himself ordered Mr. Ateba’s release.

Mr. Ateba was arrested by the country’s security while investigating the conditions of Nigerian refugees camped in the country’s far north.

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8,000 Nigerian Refugees In Cameroon, Chad, Niger

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Muhammed Sidi, at the African Union Regional Consultative Meeting for West Africa in Abuja, disclosed that about 58,000 Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria are taking refuge in neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

The consultative panel was slated for the development of a common African position for the World Humanitarian Summit.

Mr. Sidi said there were about 57,743 Nigerian refugees in Cameroun, Chad and Niger. Of the number, Mr. Sidi said, Cameroon hosts 40,366 Nigerians who are taking refuge in Minawayo, Mora, Fotocol, Limani, Amchide, Douala, Kentzou and Garoua Bouali.

In Niger Republic, there are 15,000 Nigerian refugees in Diffa, Bosso, Maine and Kablewa, said Mr. Sidi. He added that Ngouboua and Lake Chad region provide shelter for 2,377 Nigerian refugees.

He lamented the expulsion of 12,000 Nigerian refugees by Cameroonian authorities. The expelled refugees “were dumped at the border while UNHCR was watching,” Mr. Sidi said.

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Lagos-Based Journalist Arrested In Cameroon, Accused Of Spying For Boko Haram

A Lagos-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, has been arrested by Cameroonian authorities as he investigated the conditions of Nigerian refugees camped in the country’s far north.

The journalist, who managed to leave a messages on his Facebook page before he was locked up Friday, said he was arrested for venturing, without permission, into a refugee camp with 50,000 Nigerians.

He later told a colleague that the authorities were threatening to charge him for espionage – saying they suspect he was spying for the extremist Boko Haram sect.

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Dangote Inaugurates $250 Million Plant In Cameroon

Dangote Cement Plc inaugurates a 250 million-dollar (N48.75 billion) cement grinding plant in Douala, Cameroon. Dangote Group also laid the foundation stone for a 200 metre jetty in Douala.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President/ Chief Executive, Dangote Group, said at the ceremony, that the plant, with a capacity of 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa), was a great feat in the operations of the company.

“The plant is our largest greenfield project in a neighbouring country with which we not only share a boundary but also a long history of brotherly relationship dating from our colonial days,” Dangote said.


Defence Chiefs From Nigeria, Cameroon, Others Meet in Chad Over Boko Haram

Nigeria’s defence chief of staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, is currently in Chad Republic to discuss the deployment of 8, 700 strong Multi National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, to confront Boko Haram.

The defence headquarters said in a statement that the Chiefs of Defence Staff from the Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries met in N’Djamena to discuss operational plans against the terrorist group.

The meeting, the defence headquarters said, is focused on finalising details of deployment of a joint force to fight Boko Haram which has sworn allegiance to ISIS and has killed hundreds of people through suicide bombings in the last three months.

“General Olonisakin has been working round the clock towards actualising the presidential directive to end Boko Haram terrorists activities within three months,” Rabe Abubakar, defence spokesperson said in the statement.

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Boko Haram Kills 10 In Cameroon Raid

Boko Haram Islamists killed 10 people, including two soldiers, and torched several homes during a raid in northern Cameroon, security sources said Thursday.

Wednesday’s attack in the town of Blame, near the Nigerian border, led to the deaths “of two soldiers from BIR (an elite army unit) and eight civilians,” a security source said.

A BIR officer also confirmed the toll.

The Islamists also burnt several houses in the town, which lies near Lake Chad, before retreating to Nigeria, the security source said.

A Cameroonian soldier was killed and two others wounded Tuesday in another Boko Haram attack in the north of the country.

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Flood: NEMA Alerts Communities As Cameroon Releases Water From Lagdo Dam

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has alerted state governments and communities along River Benue of possible flood following information from Cameroonian authorities on plans to release excess water from Lagdo Dam.

In a release yesterday, Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, said the Cameroonian authorities in Garuoa have indicated that between now and November 2015, there would be routine release of water from the Lagdo Dam due to excessive amount of water presently contained in the facility.

Sidi said the authorities have also warned “all those living around the dam and along River Benue in Garoua up to Nigeria side to be at alert and be ready for evacuation in case of possible flooding.”

He called on the frontline state governors, state Emergency Management Agencies, first responders and relevant authorities to alert the communities at risk, prepare safe locations for possible evacuation and adequate preparedness. The DG NEMA said the agency has dispatched the alert to the affected state governors and is following up with appropriate advocacy.

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Boko Haram Abducts 135, Kills 8 In Cameroon

Boko Haram militants kidnapped 135 people and killed at least eight others in a raid in northern Cameroon, as the Islamists continued to strike beyond their strongholds in neighbouring Nigeria, police and local sources said Wednesday.

The insurgents also shot dead nine fishermen in a village near the shores of Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, amid heightened violence region-wide since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s was sworn in in May. The latest raid took place before dawn on Tuesday in the village of Chakamari in a region of Cameroon known as the Extreme North.

It came as Guinea offered help in the regional fight against Boko Haram, whose bloody insurgency in Nigeria has increasingly spread to neighbouring states. “Men from Boko Haram attacked our neighbours in the village of Chakamari overnight Monday-Tuesday. They killed eight people, two women and six men,” a member of a vigilante group in a neighbouring village told AFP on Wednesday.

Cameroon Expels Thousands Of Nigerians As Part Of Fight Against Boko Haram

Cameroon officials say they have expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against the Nigerian-born Islamic extremist group which has launched attacks across borders.

Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon’s Far North region, says authorities have also arrested hundreds of Cameroonians and Nigerians accused of collaborating with Boko Haram. He said they deported Nigerians who said they were refugees but were not staying at refugee camps and did not have identification papers.

Bakary said Tuesday that women, children and men were taken to Nigeria’s Sahuda village in Mubi, along the border.

In Nigeria, many said they were forced to flee quickly over the weekend. Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency chairman Haruna Hamman Furo said 800 people have been registered. He said 12,000 Nigerians may eventually be sent back.


Individual Efforts By Everyone Of Us Won’t End Terrorism – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said efforts being made by individual countries are not capable of tackling terrorism.

He said Nigeria and neighbouring countries must come together and join forces if the dream of defeating Boko Haram terrorists in the sub-region must come to pass.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Thursday quoted Buhari as speaking at a state dinner held in his honour at the Unity Palace in Yaounde, as part of activities lined up for his two-day working visit to Cameroon.

He further quoted the President as saying that countries in the sub-region cannot afford to falter in their resolve to get rid of the evils of terrorists.

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“We recognise that none of us can succeed alone. In order to win this war, we need the collective efforts of each other, standing together as a formidable force for good, to defeat and end these acts of terror against our people,” the President reportedly said.

Adesina added that Buhari told guests at the dinner hosted by President Paul Biya that the security situation in the region presented an opportunity for Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin to work together for their common security, peace and socio-economic development.

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President Buhari Arrives Cameroon For Talks On Boko Haram

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists. Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north.

Presidential guard soldiers were posted on rooftops of houses and along the route from the airport to the presidential palace in Yaounde, while vehicles armed with machine-guns patrolled the streets and access to the hotel where Buhari will stay was blocked.

The trip comes a day after Nigeria vowed that a new regional force tasked with fighting the jihadists would go into action soon.

Nigeria’s presidency said Buhari’s talks with Cameroonian President Paul Biya were part of his “ongoing effort to build a more effective regional coalition against Boko Haram”. Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks since Buhari took office in May, unleashing a wave of violence that has claimed 800 lives in just two months.

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Boko Haram: President Buhari To Visit Cameroon

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks with that country’s President Paul Biya on combatting the regional threat from Boko Haram, Nigerian officials said.

“President Buhari is going to Cameroon on Wednesday. He will hold talks with President Biya on arrival on Wednesday and the issue of Boko Haram will be central in their discussion,” presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said.

Since his inauguration on May 29, Buhari has already visited Chad and Niger, two other neighbours of Nigeria that, like Cameroon, have been targeted in cross-border attacks by the Nigeria-based jihadists.

The visit to Cameroon “aims to build a strong regional alliance to confront Boko Haram,” another spokesman for Buhari, Garba Shehu, said.

Shehu declined to give details on the deployment of regional troops, but insisted it “will still be at the end of this month.”

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14 Killed In Twin Suicide Bombings By Boko Haram In Cameroon

Two bombs planted by suspected Boko Haram militants in Fotokol, a northern town in Cameroon, went off killing at least 15 people on Sunday. The first explosion went off inside a bar near a Cameroon special forces camp just after sundown as people were breaking the Ramadan fast. The second explosion followed as soldiers approached the bar. According to Colonel Didier Badjeck, military spokesman, three Chadian soldiers were among those killed.

President Buhari To Visit Cameroon After Ramadan

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja accepted an invitation from President Paul Biya to visit Cameroon at his earliest convenience for talks on the intensification of cooperation between Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the war against Boko Haram and terrorism.

Receiving the invitation from Sadi Emmanuel, the Cameroonian Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, President Buhari said he will visit Cameroon for the high-level talks soon after the end of the Ramadan fast.

President Buhari, who said that he was putting his experience as a former soldier to good use in the war against Boko Haram, re-emphasized that greater regional and international cooperation was needed to end the atrocities of the terrorist group.

The President commended the efforts of all regional governments, including Cameroon, in supporting Nigeria in the war against Boko Haram, but called for even greater collaboration.

“I am happy that the President has sent you. As you must have observed, I was in Niger and Chad over this issue. I planned to be in Cameroon afterwards, but I received an invitation to attend the Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Germany.

“I had to attend the meeting because Boko Haram has been internationalised and it was part of the discussions there,” he told Mr. Emmanuel.

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Cameroon Detains 84 Children After Raiding Quranic Schools

Cameroonian authorities have been holding 84 children — some as young as 5 years old — for months without charge after officials accused their teachers at Quranic schools of running terrorist training camps, Amnesty International said Friday.

 The international human rights organization called on Cameroon to release the children to their parents immediately, saying nearly all of them are too young to face criminal charges. The raids in the country’s far north are part of the fight against Islamic militants from the Nigeria-based group Boko Haram.

“Detaining young children will do nothing to protect Cameroonians living under the threat of Boko Haram,” said Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International deputy regional director for West and Central Africa.

A government spokesman did not immediately respond to the report and said a news conference would be held Monday.

Boko Haram has waged a six-year insurgency seeking to implement an Islamic caliphate. In recent months, militants have stepped up attacks inside neighboring countries.

Cameroonian forces arrested the 84 children in December along with 43 men in the northern town of Guirvidig, accusing the teachers of using the schools “as fronts for Boko Haram training camps,” Amnesty said.

“They said they would dig our grave and throw us into it. We were scared,” one child told Amnesty. “Then they roughed up our teachers . some among them had blood all over their faces.”

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Boko Haram: Buhari Hosts Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Benin Presidents

As part of the strategy to fight the Boko Haram insurgency, President Muhammadu Buhari will today  host a meeting of Heads of State and Presidents of the Lake Chad Basin Commission in Abuja.

In a bid to perfect Nigerian position for today’s meeting, President Buhari yesterday held a closed door meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh and the Chief of Naval Staff, Usman Jubrin, at  Defence House.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr Ismali Aliyu, said they came to brief the president on preparations for a scheduled meeting of Heads of State and Presidents today in Abuja to discuss on the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

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Boko Haram Recruiting Cameroonian Youths

Cameroon’s security forces are predicting a drawn-out battle with Boko Haram as evidence filters out that the insurgents are now recruiting there.

“We don’t doubt that Boko Haram is recruiting in Cameroon,” said Col. Joseph Nouma, commander of Operation ALPHA, a special military operation set up by Cameroon’s government to fight the Nigerian terrorist group.

He says communities bordering Nigeria have been emptied of men between the ages of 10 and 45. “Many of them are found across the border in Nigeria, training with the terrorists,” he told CNN.

This has made it difficult for the country’s defense forces to adequately estimate the power of the terrorist group. Nouma said the number of militants may be greater than is widely believed, though there is no reliable estimate of the group’s strength.

“Boko Haram is a permanent metamorphosis, dying every day but recruiting every day as well,” says Col. Jacob Kodji, interim commander of the 4th Military Region. “And this complicates a lot of things for us.” Nouma agreed: “We kill them, but they keep on coming.”

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“You Are Dead, You Are a Coward”, Group Tells Shekau

Thousands of people took to the streets of Cameroon’s capital on Saturday to denounce Boko Haram’s bloody insurgency and call for the killing of the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau.

“This march symbolises Cameroon’s unity against Boko Haram,” the country’s Labour Minister Gregoire Owona told marchers in Yaounde, before shouting “Shekau!” In response, the crowd which organisers said numbered 10,000-15,000, chanted: “You are dead, you are a coward.”

Several ministers led the vocal, but peaceful march, which saw protestors waving the flags of Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria.

“It was important to be here for me, for my brothers who are on the front, for my country,” said marcher Philomene Ekombo, a Cameroonian flag in hand.

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Meet the Coalition Responsible for Crippling Boko Haram

Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger are finalizing their strategy for a 8,750-strong regional force to tackle the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

In the last few weeks, the Multinational Joint Task Force has retaken several towns captured by the militants in north-eastern Nigeria. Now, the regional chiefs are preparing for a major ground and air offensive due to start next month – and are meeting in Chad this week to set out the command structure.

The force will be led by a Nigerian commander, after which the position will rotate among the members.

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Cameroon raid frees German hostage held by Boko Haram

Cameroon said Wednesday its forces have freed a German hostage kidnapped six months ago in Nigeria by Boko Haram, as African leaders appealed to the United Nations for support in fighting the Islamist militants.

“A special operation led by Cameroonian armed forces along with security services of friendly nations succeeded this night (Tuesday) in freeing Nitsch Eberhard Robert, a German citizen abducted in Nigeria in July 2014 by the Boko Haram sect,” the Cameroon presidency said in a statement.

A spokesman for the German foreign ministry confirmed the man’s release, adding that he was now in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde.

Boko Haram claimed in an October 2014 video it had captured a German man, who local residents said was a teacher at a government-run technical training centre.

Analysts say the Islamists have increasingly sought to fund their brutal six-year insurgency through ransom kidnappings, targeting primarily wealthy Nigerians, but also foreigners.

No further details were immediately available about the Cameroon raid, including where it took place.

The hostage release was announced a day after Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau mocked African leaders meeting in Niger to try to forge a united front against the Islamists. “African kings… I challenge you to attack me now. I am ready.”

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Boko Haram Release Hostages As Chad Joins Fight

Boko Haram freed two dozen hostages after a mass abduction by its militants in Cameroon, as Chad prepared Monday to engage in the international battle against the extremist group.

Twenty-four of the 80 people taken hostage by Boko Haram in the north of Cameroon Sunday were released as Cameroonian armed forces pursued the Islamist extremists, according to a government source.

The Boko Haram fighters then fled back into Nigeria, with the fate of the rest of the hostages taken in the raid, the worst of its kind to date, still unknown.

An army officer based in Cameroon’s far north said Boko Haram had attacked two villages and kidnapped what Cameroonian state media said were 80 hostages.

As the militants retreated, the Chadian army said it was putting 400 military vehicles, attack helicopters, and still unspecified number of soldiers amassed in northern Cameroon into action against Boko Haram, as part of what has become a regional effort to defeat the notoriously violent group.

“We are going to advance (Monday) towards the enemy,” Chadian army colonel Djerou Ibrahim, who is leading the offensive against Boko Haram, told AFP from the strategic crossroads town of Maltam in northern Cameroon.

“Our mission is to hunt down Boko Haram, and we have all the means to do that.”

But Cameroonian Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary warned the armies of the two nations still had considerable planning to complete before being able to launch offensives against Boko Haram.

“Military planners must evaluate the forces being coordinated and coalesced,” he said. “That takes time. Don’t expect to start seeing the results of that tomorrow.”

Chadian President Idriss Deby has clearly stated his determination to re-capture the strategic town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria, which Boko Haram stormed in murderous attacks in early January.

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Boko Haram Abducts 60 in Cameroon

Boko Haram fighters kidnapped at least 60 people in a deadly attack in northern Cameroon on Sunday, police said, in the latest cross-border raid by the Nigeria-based Islamist group.

It came a day after neighbouring Chad deployed troops to combat Boko Haram in Cameroon and Nigeria, as part of a regional bid to combat the insurgents. The militants “burst into two villages in the Tourou area… They torched houses and left with around 60 people. Most of them were women and children,” a police officer told AFP.

He said the attack had “left some people dead” without giving an exact toll, adding that the Cameroon army had “launched an operation” in the wake of the assault.

It is the largest abduction ever carried out in Cameroon’s Far North region by Boko Haram and comes amid mounting fears the group is expanding its operations into neighbouring countries.

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Boko Haram Attacks Town in North Cameroon, Killing One

An army source said Boko Haram attacked a town in northern Cameroon on Monday, killing at least one person, The attack comes less than a week after the group issued threats against the Central African country.

The Nigerian group’s insurgency, which is thought to have killed more than 10,000 people last year, has intensified in recent months and is posing a growing threat to neighbors Cameroon, Niger and Chad. A Local paper said the Islamic group had since been pushed back from the town. Last week, a man who said he is the leader of the Nigerian militant sect, threatened to intensify violence in Cameroon unless it scraps its constitution and embraces Islam.

Cameroon Bombs Boko Haram, Kills 41

Nigeria’s neighbour, Cameroon, has launched air strikes against Boko Haram terrorists for the first time, killing no fewer than 41 Islamist militants after the large force of jihadists crossed the border and seized a military camp at Ashigashiya, the government said.

Cameroon’s Minister of Information, Issa Tchiroma in a statement in Yaounde, yesterday, said the coordinated assaults on five towns and villages showed a change in tactics by Boko Haram fighters, who have focused on hit-and-run raids on individual settlements in the past.

He said: “Boko Haram’s campaign to carve out an Islamist caliphate has spread from its stronghold in North-East Nigeria to neighbouring Cameroon, raising fears for an already unstable region also threatened by Islamist militants in the Sahel.

He added that Cameroon has sent thousands of soldiers to its Far North region to fight off the militants and said it launched air attacks on the movement for the first time on Sunday.

According to him, “Units of the Boko Haram group attacked Makari, Amchide, Limani and Achigachia in a change of strategy which consists of distracting Cameroonian troops on different fronts, making them more vulnerable in the face of the mobility and unpredictability of their attacks.
“No fewer than 34 militants were killed after the army laid siege to a base used by the militants in Chogori while seven others, and one soldier were killed near the town of Waza.”

Army spokesman, Lt.-Col. Didier Badjeck, told newsmen that the Islamists briefly occupied an army camp in Achigachia after a fierce fight, but withdrew after air attacks. “All the militants had now pulled back into Nigeria,” Badjeck said.

Both Tchiroma and Badjeck said it was too early to give full details of casualties. Biya orders deployment of war planes

In another statement, Cameroon’s Communications Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, said the country’s president, Paul Biya, personally ordered deployment of war planes on Sunday which forced the insurgents to flee the camp.

According to Bakary, “Fighter planes went into action for the first time since the start of the conflict on the Cameroonian side of the frontier, after several months of deadly cross-border Boko Haram raids.

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Boko Haram Militants Stage Attacks in Northern Cameroon

Some 1,000 suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked five towns in northern Cameroon over the weekend and briefly occupied a military camp on Sunday before being removed by the air force, an army spokesman said.

The heavily armed group attacked the military camp in Achigachia near the Nigerian border at around 4 a.m.. Following an intense battle, the army abandoned the camp, Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck told Reuters by phone.

“After that, the head of state ordered the air force to carry out strikes. With the bombardment, the fighters were forced to decamp from Achigachia,” Badjeck said.

He could not immediately give the number of casualties from both sides. It is the first time Cameroon has used the air force against Boko Haram.

Islamist Boko Haram, which is fighting to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria, has stepped up attacks on both sides of the border, prompting Cameroon to sent thousands of soldiers to the region to stop the militants.

Cameroon state radio CRTV said the militants carried out attacks on five towns over the weekend and at least one Cameroonian soldier was killed.

“The attacks were carried out simultaneously at the localities of Mokolo, Guirvidig, Waza, Amchide and Makari, villages along the frontier with Nigeria,” CRTV radio reported.

Boko Haram has made several incursions in the Far-North Region of Cameroon this year, killing over 40 soldiers and recruiting hundreds from mainly unemployed youths in the area.

Cameroon army said last week it dismantled a training camp for the militants in northern Cameroon, arresting or killing dozens and seizing 84 children who were being trained there.

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All Eyes On Malabo For AFCON 2015 Draws Today

All eyes in Africa will be focussed on Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday as the capital of Malabo plays host to the draw for the Africa Cup of Nations just weeks after Morocco were stripped of the right to host the event.

The traditional ceremony to determine the group matchups for the January 17 to February 8 continental showpiece, was initially set for Rabat before Morocco asked for the tournament to be postponed because of the devastating Ebola outbreak which has cost nearly 7,000 lives in west Africa.

Morocco were instead not only stripped of the right to host the tournament but disqualified from the event as Equatorial Guinea, the third highest producer of petrol in Sub-Saharan Africa, stepped in at the final hour to save the day.

Equatorial Guinea, who co-hosted the 2012 event with Gabon, face a race against time to be ready with less than two months until kick-off, and the draw is set to unveil further indications of progress on preparations.

One aspect that hasn’t changed is the format with four groups of four teams drawn in a round-robin first round line-up shared between the cities of Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyin.

– Ivory Coast, Algeria the teams to avoid –

Ironically, Equatorial Guinea will be in the top seeded hat as hosts, just six months after the former Spanish colony were disqualified from qualifying after fielding an ineligible player during a preliminary round fixture against Mauritania.

They will joined, as one of the top four seeds, by four-time champions Ghana, 2012 African winners Zambia and the Ivory Coast.

The ‘Elephants’ of the Ivory Coast, who lost finals in 2006 and 2012 and also reached the semi-finals in 2008, remain a formidable force as the seedings were determined by previous CAN results.

Their glory teams of the past have undergone several changes in recent years as they turn to life without retired legend Didier Drogba and now lean on the coaching leadership of dashing Frenchman Herve Renard who led Zambia to their first title three years ago.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Roma striker Gervinho are key players for the Ivory Coast with a strong cast of talent in place to support the 1992 champions.

Holders Nigeria and seven-time champions Egypt failed to qualify leaving Algeria the danger team from hat number two alongside 2013 finalists Burkina Faso, Mali and Tunisia.

The ‘Desert Foxes’ of Algeria reached the second round of the World Cup for the first time this year, and are chasing a second African title after their only success on home soil in 1990.

The country are enjoying a purple patch with top club ES Setif recently winning the African Champions League and the CAN providing a serious opportunity to increase their flourishing international reputation.

On paper, hat number four appears stronger than the third set of teams with former giants Senegal, Cameroon and Guinea joining the Congo while Cape Verde, South Africa, Gabon and Democratic Republic of Congo complete the 16-nation line-up in pot three.

Cameroon, now without former captain Samuel Eto’o, failed to qualify in 2012 and 2013 which dropped their ranking while Senegal have failed to get past the first round since 2006.

The ‘Indomitable Lions’ of Cameroon, won the last of their four African titles in 2002, when they defeated a Senegal team making their lone appearance in the championship match.

2015 CAN draw:

Pot 1: Equatorial Guinea (hosts), Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia

Pot 2: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia

Pot 3: Cape Verde, South Africa, Gabon, DR Congo

Pot 4: Cameroon, Senegal, Guinea, Congo

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Cameroon Says 20,000 More Troops Needed to Fight Boko Haram

Cameroon says it is recruiting 20,000 more defense and security forces to fight Boko Haram following reports that the terrorist group, based in Nigeria, is recruiting young Cameroonians to fight for them.

Senator Haman Paul, who hails from northern Cameroon, told VOA about Boko Haram’s recruitment of young Cameroonians to fight for the creation of an Islamist caliphate in northern Nigeria.

“That was something that we witnessed in Maroua (in Northern Cameroon). People told us actually that they found people in town that were not actually people that they were used to. Listen when you (the government of Cameroon) find that one part of the country is in a very delicate situation, you better manage prevention and facts instead of consequences,” said Paul.

Another lawmaker from northern Cameroon, Sali Dairou, said just last week that Boko Haram seized cattle from Cameroonian ranchers who lived along the border with Nigeria’s Borno and Adamawa states, a stronghold of the militant group.  He said the ranchers have lost thousands of cattle.

Dairou said the militants also killed some of the cattle ranchers, and thousands of their cows went into the wild. He said this was a huge loss and no rancher has the courage to go to the boundary with Nigeria and bring back his remaining cattle.

Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, said the threat posed by Boko Haram has led many people from the border areas to flee.

He said northern Cameroon is the hardest hit as many schools have remained closed and people are abandoning their farms and cattle.


Totally Wipe Out Boko Haram- Cameroonian President

Cameroonian President, Paul Biya stated on Monday that his administration will hunt down Boko Haram “until it is totally wiped out”.

Speaking after the release of the abducted 27 hostages comprising 17 Cameroonians and 10 Chinese, Biya said “The Cameroonian government assures you that it will ceaselessly continue to fight Boko Haram until it’s totally wiped out”.

Although he did not mention how these hostages were freed, a source revealed that a ransom was paid and around 20 imprisoned Islamist were freed in exchange. 

The 27 Cameroonians and Chinese were delivered to authorities on Friday night.

Cameroon Frees 7 Accused of Breaking Anti-Gay Law

An official says seven people who were arrested this month on suspicion of violating Cameroon’s anti-gay law have been released but will remain under close observation.

Donatus Sembe, a police official in Yaounde, the capital, said Thursday that four of them were released Wednesday for lack of evidence and the other three were freed earlier in the week.

The group included men and transgender women. Lawyers working to defend them confirmed they had been freed.

Cameroon arrests and prosecutes more sexual minorities than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Human Rights Watch. The country’s penal code punishes homosexual acts with up to five years in prison.

Sembe said the seven would be re-arrested and put on trial, if they engaged in “any deviant behavior.”

Heads of States Beefs up Fight Against Boko Haram with Troops & Command Centre

Leaders of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Benin on Tuesday announced plans to step up the fight against Boko Haram with an additional battalion and a command center to tackle the militants whose insurgency has spread beyond Nigeria, a statement said.

In the past two months, it has progressed from bombings, raids and kidnappings to trying to seize territory in remote areas near the Cameroon border. The militants have also carried out incursions into Niger and Chad, and authorities fear the attacks will continue to spread if left unchecked.

The four heads of states and a representative of Cameroon’s president said after meeting in Niger’s capital Niamey that a command center for an already agreed-upon multinational force, led by a chief of staff will be in place by Nov. 20.

“The heads of state regrets the persistence of Boko Haram Islamic sect’s atrocious acts of terror on people and security forces in Nigeria and other neighboring countries,” the statement said.

The leaders agreed to finalize the deployment of troops promised by member states to form the multinational force within their national borders by Nov. 1.

Benin, Nigeria’s western neighbor, whose border stretches from the Atlantic to the Sahel north, was also asked to deploy a military battalion to its border with Nigeria.

The Niamey meeting is a follow-up to a May summit in Paris where the leaders promised to improve cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram after the group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threatened to destabilize the wider region.

300 Boko Haram Insurgents Arrested In Cameroon Seek Asylum

The Defense Ministry of the Republic of Cameroon, has said that it has arrested at least 300 Boko Haram terrorists and they are currently being interrogated in the country.

The Spokesman of the Ministry, Lt. Col. Didier Badjeck was quoted by agency reports as saying that the militants have demanded for asylum in Cameroon and have freely given up their arms.


It would be recalled that the country claimed victory weekend over the insurgents when they announced that one of its leaders, Abakar Ali, was captured in Kousseri, a town in northern Cameroon.

Seized from Ali, according to the report were 5 machine guns, 14 rifles, 24 rockets, 4 rocket launchers, 6 Kalashnikovs, 60 Kalashnikovs magazines, 4 automatic pistols , over 500 9mm ammunition, 469 12.7mm ammunition, 4,454 7.62 mm ammunition, 1,491 5.56 mm ammunition, 822 ammunition of 7.62 mm, 6 grenades, 28 rocket launcher chargers and other equipment like pincers, tweezers and knives

Nigeria & Cameroon Tussle over “Killing Shekau”

Nigeria and Cameroon are locked in an argument over who killed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and where he was killed.

A Cameroon military source, according to Cameroon Concord, said on Sunday night that Shekau was killed following an aerial bombardment of his hideout inside Nigeria.

Releasing photos of Shekau, the Cameroonian army claim the terrorist was killed  during a cross-border raid within the Nigeria territory by its military.

Cameroonian Army Kills Over 100 Boko Haram Fighters


More than 100 Boko Haram Takfiri militants have been killed by Cameroonian army during their attack on the African country. Over a hundred Boko Haram fighters have been killed by Cameroonian army during an attack within the country’s boarders.

In a statement by the Cameroonian government spokesman, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, “the Cameroonian response (to the attack) resulted in over 100 deaths among the aggressors.”

According to the statement, the fighting took place in the northern border town of Fotokol on Saturday.

“There were no casualties reported on the Cameroonian side after the attack,” the statement said, adding, “Our defense forces responded vigorously with mortar fire aimed at the positions held by units of the Boko Haram terrorist group that was behind the attack.”

The militants reportedly retreated to the Nigerian border town of Gamboru Ngala, which is under their control for over a week.
Nearly 650,000 Nigerians have fled their homes due to Boko Haram attacks and are displaced inside the country, while thousands more have taken refuge in neighboring countries, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says.

Boko Haram “Seizes Banki Town Near Cameroon”


Reports provides that Boko Haram has captured Banki, a town which boarders Cameroon. Residents say, this was achieved after government troops fled on Tuesday, while the Nigerian military is yet to release any comment regarding the capture of Bama.

Most of the people remaining in the town were women and children, as many of the men had fled, one man who was hiding in the bush nearby told the BBC Hausa service. They also added  that the militants have not harmed anyone in the town.

Earlier this week, Boko Haram seized Bama, the biggest town in Borno after Maiduguri, which is about 70km (45 miles) away.

On the other hand, Nigerian soldiers say they do not have enough resources to curb the insurgency.