Following reported invasion of Cameroonian soldiers in Cross Rivers Communities, Senate on Wednesday summoned the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.
The Senate also asked the international communities to wade into festering crisis in Cameroon to bring a lasting solution.
Senate’s resolutions was as result of the motion sponsored by the Senator r John Owan Enoh and two others on the titles “Influx of refugees from the Republic of Cameroun to some border communities in Cross River State and its attendant security fallout.”
Leading a debate on the motion, Senator Enoh revealed that the current agitation for the independence of Southern Cameroun has caused influx of refugees to some border communities in Cross River State.
He said over 6,000 refugees are currently squatting at Obanliku, Bold, Etung and Ikom Local government areas of the state.
Enoh said as at December 16, 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) had biometrically registered 10,000 arrivals in remote areas of Cross River and indicated that thousands more are awaiting registration.
In his words, ” the current agitation for the independence of Southern Cameroun has caused influx of refugees to some border communities in cross river state and over six thousand of the refugees are currently squatting at Obanliku, Bold, Etung and Ikom Local Government Areas of the state.
“As at 16’h December, 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) had biometrically registered ten thousand (10,000) arrivals in remote areas of Nigeria’s Cross River State and indicated that thousands more are awaiting registration.
“the precarious situation of women and children, which make up about 80 percent of the approximately ten thousand registered refugees and of these persons are boys and girls who fled to Nigeria unaccompanied and separated children from their parents and are therefore vulnerable.
“the lack of work for women combined with the over stretched reception facilities creates a higher risk for prostitution, sexual and gender based violence.
“some school buildings now serve as temporary refugee camps which are uninhabitable, and families that make use of them are deprived of private space and the right to family dignity.
” most of the refugees are ill and lack basic needs while some are expectant mothers without medical care.
“some of them are currently accommodated by members of these border communities with some households taking care of about twenty refugees with their facilities over stretched.the refugees population increase on daily basis and has therefore put further pressure on demand for medical treatment, shelter, food, mattresses, beddings, towel, toiletries, drugs and other basic needs.
“on January 25th 2018 more than 80 Cameroonian soldiers with various weapons crossed the international boarder of the Danare-Daddi / Danare-Bodom axis and abducted five natives.”
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