The Senate yesterday, summoned the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd), over the recent invasion of some border communities in Cross River State, by Cameroonian soldiers.
This follows a motion by Senators John Enoh, Rose Oko and Gershom Bassey, who disclosed more than 80 Cameroonian soldiers crossed the international border of Danare-Daddi/Danare Bodom axis on January 25, 2018, and abducted five locals.
Enoh submitted the soldiers entered Nigeria illegally several times in search of separatist agitators and attacked locals in the process.
“This is a calculated assault/offence from the Cameroonian military on Nigeria and an outright defiance of Nigeria territorial sovereignty, not minding the consequences of crossing the international border to carry out intimidation and harassment on the already alarmed citizens of Danare with further assault,” he said.
Enoh added that over 6,000 refugees have crossed into Nigeria through some border communities in Cross River State as a result of the the current agitation for the independence of Southern Cameroon.
The upper legislative house also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief material to refugees affected by the invasion.