More than 100,000 Nigerians have been deported by Cameroon, in its move to curtail the Boko Haram menace.

This information was revealed in a report by the Human Rights Watch (HWR), yesterday.

According to HWR, the deportation defied a plea by UN refugee agency to not return anyone to north-eastern Nigeria, where Boko Haram killed thousands of people, until security and human rights situation improved considerably.”

“The Cameroonian military torture and abuse of Nigerian refugees seems to be driven by an arbitrary decision to punish them for Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon and to discourage Nigerians from seeking asylum,” said HRW Associate Refugee Director, Gerry Simpson.

The HWR said its report was based on interviews it conducted with refugees and its findings show that the Cameroonian soldiers also tortured, assaulted and sexually exploited Nigerian asylum seekers and denied them access to the UN refugee agency.