Falana asks IGP to investigate arrest of Cameroonians

Sissiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and 9 others were arrested in Abuja

Sissiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and 9 others were arrested in Abuja

Those arrested include Julius Ayuk Tabe; Wilfred Tassang; Nfor Ngala Nfor; Augustine Awasom, a professor; Cornelius Kwanga; Henry Kimeng; Elias Eyambe, a lawyer; Nalova Bih, a lawyer; Ojong Okongo; and Fidelis Nde Che.

The protests started on Wednesday when a group of persons loyal to the ambazonian movement stormed the Nigerian embassy in the United States of America calling for the release of their leaders.

The senior advocate said this in a letter addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

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They argued that failure to disclose information on the abduction to the relatives of the Cameroonian activists by the SSS is a violation of Section 6 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, which imposes a duty on any authority having custody of a suspect to notify the next-of-kin or relative of the suspect at no cost to the suspect.

More than 8,000 refugees have been registered in the south-eastern state of Cross River alone, said Antonio Jose Canhandula, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) representative in Nigeria, at a briefing in Abuja.

Canhandula noted that although there are Cameroonian refugees in some other parts of the country, but they are more in Benue and Cross River, with need for urgent intervention by government and humanitarian partners."So far in Cross River State, we have registered 8,100 refugees; certainly, they are more and that is why the team is still on ground".

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UNHCR immediate priority is to work together with the State Emergency Management Agency in the spirit of the 2016 New York Declaration, to create temporary camps, pending identification, with a long-term view to explore avenues that should allow refugees to live in host communities, gain access to opportunities where they can become more self-reliant and contribute to the local economy, thus fuelling the development of the communities hosting them, he explained. Augustine Awasom who is a United States citizen.

"But what we can state is that they are still coming, and they are coming daily".

In the letter signed by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), the lawyers maintained that the agitators are not illegal immigrants in Nigeria, as some of them have been granted political asylum by the Federal Government while others have valid permanent resident status in Nigeria.

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"Although we have confirmed that the Government of Cameroon has requested the federal government to repatriate our clients to Cameroon we are confident that the federal government will not accede to such request since there is no extradition treaty between the two countries".

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