UN Secretary General calls on Cameroon to treat Boko Haram detainees in accordance with international conventions
The United Nations has observed in its annual report that the Nigerian Islamic sect, Boko Haram still represents a threat to the Sub Saharan region. The UN also expressed concerns on the humanitarian situation in Central Africa. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres stated in the report certain abuses in the fight against terrorism notably the three Anglophone students sentenced to prison for having made a joke by SMS on Boko Haram.
Antonio Guterres, also reminded the Biya Francophone regime that the members of the Boko Haram sect detained in prisons, sometimes for months, even years, should be treated in accordance with international conventions.
While the progress made by the coalition armed forces in the 10-strong Combined Multinational Force (FMM) has allowed for a military weakening of the Nigerian sect, nearly 80,000 Nigerians have left their homeland to seek refuge in Cameroon, which faces a major crisis in the management of internally displaced people estimated at more than 90,000.
Cameroon has recently signed a tripartite agreement with the UNHCR, as well as with Nigeria, for the gradual and voluntary return of Nigerian refugees to their country. The UN called on the countries of the sub region not only to combat the sect militarily, but also to promote development in the localities.
By Chi Prudence Asong
Cameroon Intelligence Report