Army, State Assembly Member Visit Danare Community Over Invasion By Cameroonian Gendarmes
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Army, State Assembly Member Visit Danare Community Over Invasion By Cameroonian Gendarmes

By Jonathan Ugbal

The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Enugu of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Abubakar has visited Danare community in Boki local government area of central Cross River to ascertain the level of destruction meted on the Boki people during their recent invasion by Cameroonian gendarmes.

Nigeria shares a long border with Cameroon with some of the longest stretch in Cross River and the visit of the GOC comes days after another attack at Mfum border in Ikom local government area left at least three fishermen dead.

Danare was attacked late in January 2018 which led to the destruction of cash crops and injuries inflicted on indigenes by the Cameroonian Gendarmes.

The GOC, who went round the boundary to inspect the destruction of the small plank bridge’ across the border by the Gerndames, assured the people of adequate security provision.

According to him, the Army would maintain a steady presence in the community with a view to prevent further invasion and destruction of farmlands by the Gerndames.

The GOC was accompanied by state legislator, Mrs. Itam Abang, (PDP, Boki I).

And, the lawmaker urged the people to be law abiding and to always report any encroachment to the military authorities.

She said that the people of Danare are peace loving people, hence the need to provide adequate security for them.

The team interacted with the community head, women and youth groups.

Meanwhile, locals say that the last onslaught by Cameroonian gerndarmes which happened on Sunday, led the soldiers from that country who were in pursuit of separatists agitating for Ambazonia republic for the anglophone speaking Cameroonians shoot continuously for hours towards the Nigerian side of the border.

The UN refugee agency says there are about 16,000 refugees already scattered across Cross River with the state projected to receive about half of the 40,000 whom are expected to flee the crackdown in the next three months.

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