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Cameroonian Soldiers kill Nigerian fisherman in border community

A Nigerian fisherman has allegedly been killed by Cameroonian soldiers in the locality of Mfum, Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigerian media reports.

According to This Day and The Punch, the fisherman was shot and killed while fishing in a river that borders both countries.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, Irene Ugbo,  also confirmed the incident.

Two other fishermen were also injured in the incident which occured on Friday February 23, Nigerian sources said.

Before the killing of the fisherman, there had been sporadic shootings into Nigerian territory by Cameroonian soldiers for about three hours, Allan Bassey a resident of the Mfum community said.

Ntui Anthony Etta, the head of the Ajassor clan, the host community of the Mfum border point said the actions of the Cameroonian security forces was becoming worrying and could pose a serious threat to Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

Since Cameroonian soldiers began their crackdown on separatists, border communities in Nigeria have raised concerns over their security.

Last week, Nigerian border authorities were caught fuming on camera after Cameroonian forces stationed an armoured vehicle on the Ekok bridge that divides both nations while firing shots into Nigeria.

On January 31, 2018, Nigerians raised an alarm that Cameroonian soldiers chased separatist fighters into the Nigerian territory of Danare, in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State.
According media reports in Nigeria, about 80 gendarmes crossed into the territory claiming to be fighting militants who were advocating for the restoration of Southern Cameroons Statehood.

Published on 28.04.2020

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