Generator fumes kill 8 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Fumes from a power generator are blamed for deaths of eight Cameroonian refugees in Ikom, Cross River State bordering Bakassi Peninsula, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nigeria said on Thursday

The refugees were among those who fled Cameroon in the wake of violence in September 2017 and sought refuge in Nigeria’s Cross River, Taraba, Benue and Akwa-Ibom states.

According to UNHCR, a total of 21,291 refugees had so far been registered in the four states, adding that women and children accounted for 80 per cent of the refugees.

UNHCR's Senior External Relations Officer in Nigeria, Ms Elizabeth Mpimbiza, regretted  the death, saying in a statement released in Abuja, that the information communicated to UNCHR in Ikom showed that the refugees died of fumes from a generator in their room.

Ms Mpimbiza quoted Boubacar Bamba, UNHCR Assistant Representative, Operations in Nigeria, describing the incidence as a “tragedy.”

Mr Bamba said that the UNHCR was saddened by the loss of lives. “Any loss of life is a tragedy, and it is heart-breaking when it happens to those who are fleeing for safety,” he added.

Meanwhile, UNHCR, through its office in Ikom, was working with the authorities to assist those who survived the incident, Ms Mpimbiza said.
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02 Agosto 2018 18:01:28

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