Human right lawyer, Femi Falana. (Photo: Channels TV)

Human Rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) on Monday disclosed that the federal government has deported 12 Cameroonian separatist leaders who were arrested earlier this month.

Falana, who has been providing legal support for them said Julius Ayuk Tabe and 11 others were deported on Friday after being detained at the Defence Intelligence Agency.

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The lawyer said the deputy representative of the office of United Nations Commissioner for Refugees to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Brigitte Mukanga-Eno, was allowed to visit them in detention last week.

Falana condemned the deportation as “contemptuous of the proceedings pending before the Federal High Court” adding that the government was ashamed to announce the deportation, which is being celebrated by Cameroonian authorities.

About 39 other Ambasonian separatist leaders who were detained in Taraba were also reported to have been sent back to Cameroon on Friday by the government.