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Tension escalates between Cameroonian forces, Nigerian citizens at Ekok border

BIR, Cameroon army's elite force fighting Boko Haram (c)All rights reserved

A video is making rounds on social media in which there was a stand-off between Cameroon’s security forces and Nigerian citizens. In the video, the Cameroonian forces have stationed an armoured car on the Ekok Bridge and firing guns into Nigeria.

The borders are conveniently blocked making movement into or out of Cameroon impossible.

Infuriated by the apparent provocation by the security forces of Cameroon, the Head of the Nigerian Immigration Post at Ikom, Lawrence Asukwo, said he was experiencing an act of war on the Ekok Bridge.

According to him, it was inadmissible for the Cameroonian troops to station an armoured car on the bridge while firing guns into Nigeria.

 

Meanwhile, this is not the first time Nigerians are complaining about Cameroonian forces entering into their territory with prior authorization.

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.

Today’s incident may further compound the issue.

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