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The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has said that at least 500 fleeing Cameroonian refugees have crossed the border into Bashu Community in Cross River.

The Director-General of SEMA, Mr Princewill Ayim, said this in an interview with newsmen in Calabar on Monday, May 30, 2022.

The refugees were said to be fleeing from the alleged invasion of their community by Ambazonian fighters.

“We got the information yesterday that Ambazonian fighters invaded a community in Cameroon which shares border with Bashu community in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River.

“We learnt that while some people were shot dead in the Cameroonian community, no fewer than 250 were injured, while at least 500 have fled into Bashu for protection.

“We have constituted a multifunctional team of officials from SEMA, UN High Commission for Refugees.

“Others include National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced and Caritas Foundation to assess the situation after which we can determine the exact number of people that have fled into Nigeria,” Ayim said.

He, however, said that there was no report of anybody either shot or dead in Bashu community.

He said the agency became very concerned in the matter because of the number of the fleeing refugees into the country and the overstretched resources.

He appealed to Bashu Community to play the brotherly role and assist the Cameroonians.

He called on relevant agencies to assist the refugees and their host community.

Newsmen report that the Ambazonian crisis in the English-speaking Southern Cameroon began in September 2017.

It has led to a huge number of refugees who are in different refugee camps in the country.

The Anglophone Crisis, also known as the Ambazonia War, or the Cameroonian Civil War, is an ongoing civil war in the Southern Cameroons regions of Cameroon, part of the long-standing Anglophone.

The began when government security forces used lethal force to put down peaceful marches by lawyers who protested against the Francophone-dominance.

The lawyers were they were protesting against the appointment of Francophone judges in the Anglophone regions, as they saw this as a threat to the common law system in the Anglophone regions.

The conflict has already caused 1,500 deaths, and led to 155,000 displaced persons and 73,000 refugees.

By Bamstar

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