On 14 Oct 2020, 57 (fifty seven) Cameroonian failed asylum seekers out of 81 (eighty one) initially announced were returned to #Douala from the USA.
They were received at the Douala International airport by a joint team of the Police, Gendarmerie, Minrex, Minsante and Minas. Officials from the US Embassy were also present.
Rapid Covid-19 tests were conducted and all of them taken to the YASSA Covid quarantine center for further examination of suspected cases.
27 (twenty seven) of them whose families came to meet them were handed over the very next day 15 Oct 2020.
Of the remaining 30 (thirty), 2 (two) of them, Mr NKOUMOU ONDO FRANCK and Mr. KENFACK LIONEL were Gendarmerie officers who deserted from their duty stations in Bertoua and Edea respectively. They have been arrested and will face military court martial.
4 (four) others had legal proceedings (drug dealing and theft) pending against them. They have been duly arrested and taken into custody.
All the others are being released to family members after interviews by government officials to understand their motives, the networks involved and the routes used in the illegal immigration process.
Many of those repatriated explained how “Ambazonians” in the diaspora like Tapang Ivo and Sako Ikome, and Eric Tataw, Chris Any and Ayaba Cho encouraged them to use the Mexico route to seek asylum in the USA. Some of these “Ambazonians” requested millions of Francs CFA in exchange for assistance with their asylum applications.
After these victims gave all their life savings to Ambazonians, the Ambazonians could not help them, and they were repatriated. The Ambazonian scammers told them to use the anglophone crisis as an excuse for leaving Cameroon. The Ambazonians promised to get them immigration lawyers which never happened. They were abandoned as soon as the money was transferred to the scammers in the diaspora.
The US state authorities worked in collaboration with the #Cameroon embassy in the USA. The repatriation exercise by the US government continues with at least 2 (two) more waves expected next month.