According to Nigeria’s defense spokesperson and a former local community official, security forces of La Republique have been crossing into Nigerian territory under the pretext of searching Pro-Independence fighters of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
Since the start of the crisis, which has morphed into a conflict after the cry for an independent Ambazonia became louder, La Republique’s forces have faced serious challenges against the pro-independence movement, the strongest yet to Colonial president Paul Biya’s long stay in power.
Cross River state authorities, bordering the Southern zone say nearly 43,000 Southern Cameroonians are currently living there as refugees since fighting broke between La Republique’s gendarmes and Pro-independence fighters.
In Danare for example, a border town around the Boki local government area of the Cross River state, La Republique’s officers ventured into the community to harass refugees alongside their Nigerian hosts according to Nigeria’s civil defense agency.”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 Nigeria Security, and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) spokesman.
Another former councilor for the Boki local government area, Douglas Ogar weighs in on the situation currently plaguing his community ”The gendarmes are so emboldened as they show outright defiance to Nigeria’s territorial sovereign”.
Quizzed on reports how La Republique’s gendarmes have breached Nigeria’s territorial integrity and sovereign, Issa Tchiroma Bakary responded ”The government does not comment on rumours”
The language divide between the two Cameroons in not something new, the marginalization has been ongoing for 57 years until the Lawyers and Teacher strike which has woken a sleeping giant. La Republique has carefully dominated all area of national life and sidelined their English-speaking concubines for more than half a century, the time is ripe for the former British Southern Cameroon to claim its destiny and chart their own path by any means necessary.
BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst