Cameroon’s army deploys heavily along Nigeria border

Symbolbild zur Nachricht - Streitkräfte in Kamerun zerschlagen Boko-Haram-Schule (Getty Images/Afp/Reinnier Kaze)

Cameroon’s military said it had stopped hundreds of Nigerian fighters attempting to enter its territory to join separatist groups in English speaking regions that are demanding for independence.

Additionally, the military has intensified arrests of activists despite calls from the United Nations and the International community. Most recently Catholic bishops denounced “barbarism” and “irresponsible use” of force against demonstrators in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions.

Issa Tchiroma, Cameroon’s minister of communication and government spokesperson warned local residents from the two English speaking regions in the northwest and southwest of the country, to be ware of armed fighters from neighboring Nigeria who either sympathize or have been hired by separatists groups to fight for the independence of the state of the so-called “Ambazonia.”

“Two hundred people from neighboring Nigeria were trying to cross the frontier by force at Ekok. They were pushed back aided by the Nigerian army posted there on the Nigerian side,” Tchiroma said.

“On behalf of the government of the Republic of Cameroon, I pay tribute to the Nigerian authority in the struggle against separatism and the terrorist peril to which Cameroon and Nigeria are being confronted with.”

Following the minister’s declaration Cameroonian troops have deployed heavily along the country’s border with Nigeria. Despite the deployment of troops being a precautionary measure to prevent any influx of fighters in Cameroon, local residents are now afraid that the troops will go on rampage and harass them.

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