The UN refugee agency on Thursday criticized Nigeria for breaching international agreements after the leader of a Cameroonian anglophone separatist movement and his supporters were extradited at Yaounde’s request. 75-year-old blind Cameroonian refugee Mbia Ndem (L) sits beside friend at home, where hundreds are being sheltered at Bashu-Okpambe village in Boki district of Cross Rivers State in southeast Nigeria, on January 31, 2018.
Cameroon has called the 47 “terrorists” and said they would “answer for their crimes”, as tensions mount in the Southwest and Northwest Regions, home to most of the country’s English-speakers. They have complained about decades of economic inequality and social injustice at the hands of the French-speaking majority.
Ayuk Tabe wants the two regions to separate from the French-speaking part of the country. On October 1st last year, his movement made a symbolic declaration of independence. The UNHCR said most of the 47 sent back to Cameroon had submitted asylum claims in Nigeria. An estimated 30,000 English-speakers have fled Cameroon to Nigeria