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Nigeria communities choked by influx of Cameroonian refugees

Some Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria, fleeing security crisis in Cameroon. (c)All rights reserved

Local in the Nigerian border communities of Kurmi and Ussa local government areas of Taraba state say they are feeling the pressure after an estimated 40.000 Cameroonian refugees crossed into Nigeria following the crisis in the English-speaking regions of the country.

The host communities are groaning due to increasing numbers of refugees, thus paving way for a possible humanitarian crises in the area, according to the Vanguard newspaper.

Village head of Mubi-Toso, Yakubu Akama and his counterpart in Fikyu village, Ukwe Ezra in their seperate submission expressed concern over possible invasion of their terrain by the attackers. The duo further appealed to the federal government for adequate security and provision of relief materials to salvage the plight of the refugees.

The Chairman of Ussa local government area, Rimamsikwe Hassan on his part lamented that the massive influx of Camerounians into some communities in the council is overwhelming.

He said “the refugees have moved into Kpambo- piri, Jatau, Kanpiya and Fikyu village, with Fikyu having the least number of 250 refugees including children as at last count.

According to him, “when they (refugees) first moved in, the Red cross visited some of the villages to take statistics and promised to come back, but ever since they have not returned. “We have equally written to the National Refugees Commission but yet to get a reply from them. “However, the state government through SEMA brought relief materials for the victims, but we also want the Federal government to come in and liaise with the Camerounian authorities.”

Source: Vanguard

Published on 28.04.2020

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