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Cameroon- Nigeria: Repatriation Treaty Exists

Cameroon Tribune | The treaty adds to the Police and Judicial Cooperation Agreements signed since March 1972.

There has been much talk and speculations since Nigerian authorities repatriated and handed over to the Cameroon government on January 29, 2018 some 47 Cameroonians arrested in Nigeria suspected of acts of terrorism in relation to the crisis in the North West and South West Regions. Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary who announced the information in a press declaration in Yaounde said the suspects have been handed to the judicial department. Since the arrest, repatriation and handing over of the people, many questions are being asked on the legality and judicial bases of the decision by the Nigerian government. The answers are found in the repatriation treaty and cooperation agreements signed between the two countries.

Repatriation Treaty.

Cameroon and Nigeria signed a Repatriation Treaty as far back as February 6, 1963. The explanatory statement to the treaty states that it is intended to consolidate existing friendly relations between the two countries. The treaty also aims to enable the authorities of Cameroon and Nigeria to take required measures so that delinquents or criminals from one country who have taken refuge in the other should not stay unpunished. The two countries therefore, have to reciprocally agree on the repatriation for crimes stated. The treaty makes provisions for every specificity on the repatriation process.

Judicial Cooperation Agreement.

The Judicial Cooperation Agreement between the government of Cameroon and that of Nigeria was signed in Lagos on March 27, 1992. The agreement stresses the commitment of the authorities of the two countries to share on a regular basis information on the administration of justice and judicial decisions. The agreement makes provisions for transmission of judicial documents, deliverance and execution of commissions and has a chapter on witnesses.

Police Cooperation

The Police Cooperation between Cameroon and Nigeria was signed in Lagos on March 27, 1972. The agreement states that senior police officials of the two countries can carry out exchange courtesy visits with the aim to share information on crimes and methods of finding out crimes. According to the agreement, intelligence sharing visits also have to be carried out between senior police officials of the Cameroon and Nigeria. There is also supposed to be mutual intelligence gathering on request on criminality and respective methods of detecting crimes. Copies of the publications on the intelligence from the respective Police Services have to be communicated.

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  1. Why are you peoples insulting each other? These guys have committed murder and deserve their punishment. Any man who takes a blood he did not create will surely pay thou says the Lord.

  2. The truth is that arresting,extracditing or even killing those guys doesn’t change anything.It doesn’t solve this problem.This is indentity and ideological problem and the struggle continues until this present,corrupt tribal government realises the truth and embarked on a meaningful and genuine dialogue that would examine the root cause of this crisis then i see no peace on this country,i see a very bleek future for Cameroon.The Anglophones have a genuine course that have to be handle with a lot of serioussness.


    la republique is preparing another deception to cover up what happened to our leaders. They are about to announce that there was a prison break and some prisoners with the help of some armed men tried to escape and to stop them, the prison guards were forced to shoot. This accounts for the dead of some prisoners including our leaders. 

    We will not be deceived by such manipulation. 
    la republique muct produce our leaders or suffer the consequence

  4. USA Africa,
    Why are you weeping uncontrollably? Your question and answer session fools no one! Agbor Pinguiss has mysteriously transform into Agbor Augustine. You have the irresistible desire to steal hermetically stuck in your DNA, so create a thousand screen names and bark till kingdom come. I’m surprised you are talking about Anbazonian Tigers dismembering Police officers, that is unlike your promise at the beginning that the Bir was going to wipe out those who are doing the dismembering. We are enjoying your question and answer session, please keep going! You are bobjazz, Donald Trump, Agbor, USA, why not just jump into people’s keyboards and put a gag on them? Selfish old drunk. 35 years of corruption to end in all out war! Give me a break!

  5. lrc is a lawless corrupt country, power struggle dishonest regime, the lying regime makes new laws all the time, biya will burn in hell so as his entire family! disguised terrorist government, spend years using bribes to kill individuals who opposes the rotten ways the government is operating, the puppet slave life is numbered he thought he could rule for ever,the millions of patriotic SCs , the entire world wants to see, hear and talk to these deported Anglophone abductees from Abuja, beware all those in the colonial regime who collaborated their killings as they will pay a hefty personal price! if these people are in Yaounde, show their faces to the world press & to the Anglophone communities if not, WAR betides! no peace period!the freedom struggle intensifies!

  6. Buhari is a killer. NO doubt and thief.
    You will pay for your crimes against humanity. All the money you and your gang have collected from Biya, another killer and thief , France will be wasted at the end.