UNHCR Calls on Nigerian Government and Security Agents to Protect Civilians

United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees has asked Nigeria to apply caution in returning Nigerian refugees to their homes.

This is as a result of the horrific suicide bomb attack which occurred on 1 May in Mubi, Adamawa state in the northeast of Nigeria.

According to reports, at least 27 civilians were killed in two attacks that took place on a mosque and a marketplace in Mubi, Adamawa state.

While noting that the preparations for the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon were underway, UNHCR called on the Tripartite Committee to carefully assess and consider security conditions to ensure sustainable returns in the affected areas.

In a statement by Elizabeth Mpimbaza, Senior External Relations Officer of UNHCR Nigeria, the organisation will be available to play its part in the safe return of the refugees.

Mpimbaza said the agency remained deeply concerned about the tragic attack on Mubi and condemned the continuous indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

UNHCR called on the government of Nigeria, the security and law enforcement agents to protect civilians and prevent the spread of violent extremism.

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