TERRIFIED BY THE UNSTABLE SITUATION IN ANGLOPHONE REGIONS OF CAMEROON, NIGERIA SET TO IMPLEMENT NEW MEASURES AT ITS BORDERS
cameroondailyjournal.com|In Nigeria, the security situation is deteriorating day by day at the border with Cameroon. Essentially in the state of Cross River, in the extreme south-east of the country. This Tuesday, October 23, a military operation was launched.
Called “The Crocodile Smile III”, it must last one month and aims to fight against arms trafficking and the recruitment of mercenaries by Cameroonian independence activists.
Increased theft, kidnapping, arms trafficking … The fighting in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon has direct consequences across the border in the state of Cross River.
Reports report a deterioration of security. “The military command has identified about 27 different land routes on the border between Cameroon and Nigeria, explains Chritian Ita, spokesman for the governorate. We are witnessing a proliferation of arms trafficking on these roads, because of the war in southern Cameroon.
There is also an increase in kidnapping cases. The reports also indicate that the insurgents are recruiting fighters in Nigeria, mostly young people who serve as mercenaries for the secessionist struggle Cameroon.
The military operation launched this Tuesday, must last a month. More than 800 men were deployed in Cross River State. A large majority of military as well as immigration and intelligence officers.
“In addition to sending troops, the operation will allow to build military bases and observation along these roads so that there has a permanent solution to this security problem, continues Chritian Ita. If we close our borders, what will happen to all those Cameroonians who are not combatants? They are fleeing the crisis to save their lives. We can not close this border. ”
According to the governorate authorities, nearly 40,000 Cameroonians are now refugees in the state of Cross River. Civilians, spread out in several places along the border, whose number is increasing day by day.