Lawyer to Cameroonian separatists claimed on Tuesday that Nigeria may have made some errors in deporting two naturalised Nigerians and an American to Cameroon final weekend.
The trio have been among the many 47 Cameroonian separatists deported to Cameroon on Friday, stated Abdul Oroh, a human rights activist and former member of the House of Representatives.
The Nigerians are residents by naturalisation, he stated. They are Dr. Ojong Okongho, a businessman and Mrs. Nalowa Bih, a lawyer, based on a letter by Oroh on Tuesday to United States Embassy, the British High Commission, United Nations Human Rights Council and others.
The American repatriated is Professor Awasum Augustine, a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
The chief of the separatists in Nigeria, Sisuku Ayuk Tabe, who was additionally deported together with 46 others on Friday teaches on the American University of Nigeria in Yola.
Three others Dr Nfor Ngala Nfor, chairman of Southern Cameroon Council, Mr. Tussang Wolfred, a trainer and Barrister Shufai Blaise Berinyu, have already utilized for political asylum in Nigeria.
Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, who was additionally bundled to Yaounde with them teaches at American University, whereas Dr. Henry Kimeng teaches at Ahmadu Bello University. Dr. Cornelius Kwanga iand Dr. Ogork Ntui are lecturers at Umar Musa Yar’adua University in Katsina, whereas Barrister Eyambe Elias is a refugee in Nigeria.
Abdul Oroh, who was additionally commissioner in Edo State, beneath former governor Adams Oshiomhole, stated 39 different refugees have been arrested in Jalingo, Taraba state, by the Police and all have been deported, together with the leaders, who have been arrested in Abuja by the Brigade of Guards on 5 January.
The latter have been detained for a number of weeks by the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA, he stated.
Oroh described the deported Cameroonians as political activists and members of the Southern Cameroon National Council, “a body committed to preventing genocide and the oppression of the people of Southern Cameroon”.
“Our clients entered Nigeria legally through approved points of entry and have not committed any crime to warrant their arrest and deportation to Cameroon in breach of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law subscribed to by the Nigerian Government”, Oroh stated within the letter.
Oroh stated the refugees have been fleeing from “oppression and potential genocide from the Cameroonian navy and paramilitary forces as directed by the Government of President Paul Biya.“
He stated the aim of their assembly in Abuja was to transient the Nigerian authorities concerning the state of affairs in Southern Cameroon, solicit the assist of the Nigerian Government in peacefully resolving the issue and to sensitise the Nigerian individuals who have gracefully hosted the refugees within the spirit of African brotherhood and nearly as good neighbours.
Oroh appealed for pressing diplomatic intervention `’to stop the approaching prosecution and execution of the political prisoners as they can’t be assured free and honest trial by the Cameroonian authorities.
`’ We additionally enchantment that the prisoners be launched forthwith to the UN High Commission for the Refugees in compliance with International Humanitarian Law. Assuming with out conceding, that they have been concerned in armed battle, they need to be handled as hors de fight, assured humane therapy and afforded all of the judicial ensures together with presumption of innocence, that are thought-about indispensable by civilised peoples”.
In justifying the deportation of the Cameroonian rebels, the Nigerian authorities gave the impression to be counting on an International warrant issued for the arrest of Ayuk Tabe and others in November 2017, because the disaster in Anglophone Cameroon worsened.
So far, there was no official phrase from the Nigerian authorities, both concerning the arrest or the deportation of the 47 Cameroonians. The solely official affirmation got here from Cameroon itself, the place Minister of Communications, Issa Tchiroma Bakary stated the “47 terrorists among them Mr. Ayuk Tabe has for some hours being in the hands of Cameroonian justice before which they will answer for their crimes”.
The deportation of the Cameroonians had a priority in 2006, when the Obasanjo administration, allowed former Liberian chief, Charles Taylor, who was on asylum in Nigeria, to be kidnapped after which shipped to Monrovia and later the International Court of Justice to face trial for conflict crimes.