Council chairman decries presence of Cameroonian soldiers in Taraba communities
An alarm has been raised by the local council chairman of Kurmi in Taraba State, Amamzalla John Danladi Joseph over the alleged invasion of soldiers from the neighbouring Republic of Cameroon of some villages in his council.
The foreign soliders, who according to him had invaded Mairogo and Tosso villages, are said to be going about harassing and intimidating people in the villages.
The chairman, who yesterday raised the alarm, said the soldiers claimed they were in the villages searching for their fleeing citizens that have been agitating for a Republic.
Wondering why foreign soldiers should embark on such venture without following the right channel, he stressed the need for them to, as a matter of urgency, retrace their steps.
He said, “The residents of Mairogo and Tosso villages are repeatedly being intimidated by Cameroonian soldiers, who claimed they are searching for Ambazonian agitators who fled Cameroon in the heat of their clash and taking refuge in some communities in the area.”
The chairman claimed to have personally visited the affected communities along side the commanding officer in charge of the Nigeria Army 93 Battalion in Takum local council area of the state at the instance of the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku. He said the visit was made in company with about 60 soldiers, to get first hand information on the reported incident.
While assuring the people of the affected villages of the readiness of the state government to protect their lives and property from any form of external attacks, he said government would leave no stone unturned in putting an end to the invasion.
Since the outbreak of upheaval in Cameroon between the Southern and Northern parts of the country, several local councils along the border states have being playing host to refugees from the country.
Local councils presently observed to be playing host to refugees are Takum, Ussa, Kurmi, and Sardauna, among others.