Nigerian Army Speaks On Alleged Attack By Cameroonian Separatists

Nigerian Army Speaks On Alleged Attack By Cameroonian Separatists

  • The Nigerian Army has denied claims that some armed separatists from Cameroon attacked northern communities
  • In a statement on Monday, May 30, the Army said the communities attacked by the armed foreigners are not in Nigeria
  • The military added that some victims of the said attack have been rescued by troops and officers of the Nigerian Immigration Services

Abuja - The Nigerian Army has reacted to reports that some villages were attacked by Cameroonian (Ambazonian) separatists on Sunday, May 29.

In a press release on Monday, May 30, the NA's spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, noted that the claim is false.

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The NA said the attacked communities are not in Nigeria (Photo: Nigerian Army, HQ)
Source: Twitter

Nwachukwu in the statement (seen by Nigerian Tribune) explained that contrary to the claim, "troops deployed at Danare received information on Sunday morning about the said attack. The troops immediately mobilised to Bashu community, which was allegedly under attack."

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He said on getting to the community, the soldiers discovered that it was "not under attack and no external incursion was recorded; rather the separatists attacked Obonyi 2 and Njasha, both of which are communities located in the Republic of Cameroon."

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However, the Army spokesman disclosed that four victims of the attack, who crossed over to Nigerian territory were later rescued by troops and operatives of Nigerian Immigration Services.

He added:

"The attack was therefore not within Nigerian territory as claimed.
"Members of the public are enjoined to disregard the unsubstantiated information and not panic."

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Earlier, it was reported that militants of Ambazonia, a separatist group in South West Cameroon, had killed at least 20 people in a community in Boki local government area of Cross River state.

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Chief Cletus Obun, a former member of Cross River House of Assembly and an aspirant of the House of Reps for Boki/Ikom federal constituency, confirmed the incident, saying it happened on Sunday, May 29.

His words:

“I can confirm that the Ambazonian soldiers crossed the Nigerian border Sunday morning to attack their compatriots who fled into Nigeria and refused to join their forces to fight.”
“They killed nearly 20. No one is sure yet if amongst those killed, there are Nigerian citizens.”


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