A Nigerian state defense spokesman and a former community leader on Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. Reported that Cameroonian troops crossed into Nigeria while hunting for Separatist rebels.
The Cameroonian Government has been fighting Anglophone Separatists who has taken to violence over the past year in an attempt to create a nation which they call Ambazonia. The insurgency is seen as the gravest challenge yet to the 35-year rule of Cameroon’s President Paul Biya.
To escape the government crackdown on the separatists, more than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees to Nigeria, says local aid Officials.
Majority of the refugees are in Cross River state, which shares border with Southwest Cameroon.
A Nigerian civil defense agency spokesman in Cross River state reported that Cameroonian troops crossed into Danare, a border community in the Boki local government area of Cross River state, on Tuesday.
He said the gendarmes harassed Cameroonian refugees and their Nigerian Hosts.
“The gendarmes came in briefly, harassed the people and left immediately. They have been doing this since the crisis of agitation for independence forced these refugees to flee Cameroon and come into Nigeria,” said Solomon Eremi, a spokesman for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Douglas Ogar, A former councilor in Boki, also said Cameroonian gendarmes had entered the community.
“The gendarmes are so emboldened as they have shown outright defiance to Nigeria’s territorial sovereignty,” he said.
It is not the first intrusion by Cameroonian gendarmes. At least one such move was carried out by troops last month.
A Cameroonian separatist leader was arrested in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, was deported a week ago.