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500 fleeing Cameroonian refugees cross to C’River – SEMA

By Christian Njoku

The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said at least 500 fleeing Cameroonian refugees crossed the border to Bashu community in Cross River.

SEMA Chief Executive Mr. Princewill Ayim said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Monday.

The refugees are said to have fled the alleged invasion of their community by Ambazonian fighters.

“We learned yesterday that Ambazonian fighters have invaded a community in Cameroon which shares the border with the Bashu community in the Boki local government area in Cross River.

“We learned that while some people were shot in the Cameroonian community, as many as 250 were injured, while at least 500 fled to Bashu for protection.

“We have put together a multifunctional team of officials from SEMA, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“Others include the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and the Caritas Foundation to assess the situation, after which we can determine the exact number of people who have fled to Nigeria,” Ayim said.

He, however, said there were no reports of anyone being killed or shot in the Bashu community.

He said the agency had become very concerned about the issue due to the number of refugees fleeing to the country and overstretched resources.

While calling on the Bashu community to play the brotherly role and help Cameroonians, Ayim urged relevant agencies to help the refugees and their host community.

NAN reports that the Ambazonian crisis in Anglophone Southern Cameroons began in 2017.

This has led to a large number of refugees who are in different refugee camps in the country. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Sam Oditah