The United Nations High Commission for Refugees on Thursday said 292,141 Nigerian refugees sought asylum in Cameroon, Chad and Niger due to the activities of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
The UN’s High Commission made this known in a statement issued in Abuja by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
According to the UNHCR Representative to Nigeria, Chansa Kapaya, in Nigeria, the persons of concern to her agency include 2,045,000 internally displaced persons in the North-East; 57,800 Cameroonian refugees in the South-East; 2,340 urban refugees; and 1,122 asylum seekers in Lagos, Ogun, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory..
Kapaya, stated that cross-border activities of Boko Haram at the Lake Chad region has rendered many displaced in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria over the past few years.
“Consequently, 292,141 Nigerian refugees have sought asylum in Niger, Cameroon and Chad,” she said.
The ministry further disclosed in the statement that it was joining the UNHCR, the Economic Committee of West African States and the Nigerian Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to mark the World Refugee Day, which holds on June 20 every year.