- The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency said the state has 34,000 Cameroonian refugees
- The DG of the agency said the state government is doing its best to take care of the refugees
- He, however, appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and corporate organisations to offer their support
The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Friday, July 20, said that over 34,000 Cameroonians were taking refuge in six local government areas of the state.
John Inaku, the director general of SEMA in the state, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar.
Inaku said the inflow was as the result of the crisis in Cameroon over the demand for Ambazonia Republic by the Southern Cameroonians.
He told NAN that the asylum seekers were taking refuge in Obudu, Boki, Ikom, Etung, Akamkpa and Obanliku local government areas of the state.
“So far, we have 34,000 Cameroonian asylum seekers spread across six local government areas in Cross River.
“About 21,000 of them have been documented by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the National Commission for Refugees.
“As an agency, we go into the interior areas that have not been accessed by these organisations and holistically, we have 34,000 of them already on ground,’’ he said.
The director general said that the state government was doing its best in providing succour to the refugees, adding that the increasing number was too heavy for the state government alone to handle.
He, thus, appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), corporate organisations and other humanitarian agencies to offer their support to the refugees.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the UN expressed concerns about the swelling numbers of people fleeing English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, saying it was particularly worried over the safety of women and children.
William Spindler, the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), decried the precarious situation of women and children among the registered refugees in Nigeria’s Cross River.
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