- Governor Ben Ayade raised alarm that Cameroonians were smuggling arms into the country
- The Cross River governor said they were coming in through 27 illegal routes
- He called on the government to fund security outfits well
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has raised allegation against the seceding Ambazonian Republic in Cameroon as well as the Cameroonian government of smuggling goods and arms into the country.
Daily Trust reports that the governor spoke in Calabar after the weekly security meeting on Thursday, July 26.
He claimed 27 illegal routes were being used to smuggle arms into the country.
The governor said: “Let me bring to the knowledge of Cross Riverians and indeed Nigerians that 80 percent of security issues we are dealing with is a as result of the war just by our borders.
"The Southern Cameroon guerrilla warfare is basically the Amazonians trying to secede from Cameroon. And as a result, there is an influx of persons into the country through over 27 illegal routes, who smuggle in goods of different kinds, sell them and use the money to acquire arms, recruit our young men and women and use them as machineries to fight back home.
“I will not hesitate to cry out that Cross River State has been left hanging and crying in this crisis. Aside from the humanitarian effort in addressing the issues in food security in the refugee camps and the communal skirmishes, the state has not received any special incentives knowing that a war at your backyard is a war in your house."
Ayade called on the federal government to tackle the security issue in the state by funding security outfits.
Meanwhile, the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Friday, July 20, said that over 34,000 Cameroonians were taking refuge in six local government areas of the state.
John Inaku, the director general of SEMA in the state, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar.
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Inaku said the inflow was as the result of the crisis in Cameroon over the demand for Ambazonia Republic by the Southern Cameroonians.
He told NAN that the asylum seekers were taking refuge in Obudu, Boki, Ikom, Etung, Akamkpa and Obanliku local government areas of the state.
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