GOV AYADE APPEALS TO BUHARI OVER INVASION OF SUSPECTED CAMEROUNIAN GENDARMES

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has sent an appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene following invasion of a community in Boki LGA by suspected armed Cameroonians.

There have been renewed hostilities in recent times between the Boki community and their neighbours in Cameroon, especially following the clampdown ordered by President Paul Biya of Cameroon on the fight by Southern Cameroon for the realisation of Ambazonia Republic.

Last week, Cameroon had closed its borders in Ikom, Boki and Mfum areas leaving hundreds of Nigerians stranded and several Nigerians who speak Ejagham, a common language in parts of Cameroon were allegedly killed on the pretext that they supported their kith and kin over the separatist movement.

Ayade had sent a high-powered delegation to Danare 2, a border community with Cameroon in a bid to de-escalate tension between it and some neighbouring communities in Cameroon.

State Security Adviser to the governor, Jude Ngaji who led the delegation alongside state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa met with the leaders of the community.

Ngaji assured the people that the governor had contacted President Muhammadu Buhari on the raging matter as it involved a foreign country.

A senior official at the Cameroon Consulate in Calabar denied that his country invaded parts of Nigeria or was responsible for the death of any Nigerian.

“We merely closed a section of our border temporarily arising from the internal crisis that erupted over a week ago in the southern part of our country,” he said.

A key leader of the Ambazonian struggle, Bishop Simon Apana described Paul Biya’s regime as tyrannical and despotic, and appealed for Nigeria’s intervention, warning that if the crisis became uncontrollable, Nigeria would bear the brunt in terms of human and material casualties as well as influx of refugees.

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