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Lawmaker Raises Alarm Over  Invasion Of Cross River Communities By Cameroon Bandits

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Hon. Victor Abang

The House of Representatives member for Ikom/Boki Federal Constituency of Cross River $tate, Victor Abang has raised the alarm over the attack on some communities  of the state by suspected  Cameroon bandits.

Hon Abang said the invasion Of Okwa and Belegete communities in Boki and Obanliku Local Government Areas by bandits said to be Ambazonian fighters from  Cameroon is a high level security threat on the country’s national boundary which must stop.

In a statement by his media aide, Simon Abang  made available to some newsmen in Calabar on Tuesday,  the Rep Member said  the turn of events in the area where Belegete, a neighbouring community to  Okwa was attacked last week by the bandits and Okwa this week shows there is a plan by the bandits to cause mayhem in the area.

He said, “Boki Local Government Area, faces a severe security threat from armed individuals of Cameroonian origin. On December 17, 2023, these aggressors invaded the community, causing panic by firing indiscriminately, issuing threats, and restricting locals from accessing their farmland without cause.

“This incident followed the tragic execution of Chief Ogweshi Francis Ongwele in Belegette a neighbouring community, resulting in injuries, kidnappings, and destruction of properties; this must stop”

Abang stated that Okwa, which is located at the border with Southeastern Cameroon within the Gorilla Protection Unit of the Okwangwo Division of the Cross River National Park is an integral part of Nigeria and  the invaders’ actions have instilled fear, leading villagers to desert their homes and become refugees in neighboring communities.

The lawmaker raised the concern during a debate on a motion he sponsored in the House for urgent national security attention in the mentioned  area.

 He cautioned that  if prompt measures are not implemented to safeguard the borderlands, there is impending risk of jeopardizing the lives and livelihood  of Nigerians living on the  “Eastern border of Nigeria in favour of Cameroon”.

Accordingly, he called on President Bola Tinubu, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, “to deploy military forces to Okwa to safeguard Nigerian territorial integrity and citizens lives in the area.

“Additionally, diplomatic efforts must be initiated with Cameroon for a peaceful resolution to the security challenges”. 

Abang said he is firmly committed to enforcing security and providing quality representation in the Boki/Ikom Federal Constituency.

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