Bandits in Taraba may soon link up with Ambazonia militants in Cameroon, Rep warns

A federal lawmaker, Rimamnde Kwewum, has moved the House of Representatives to order the deployment of more troops to Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba after warning that bandits may soon internationalise their attacks.

Ambazonia is a breakaway state occupying South-West and North-West regions of Cameroon. The area is a conflict zone where separatist militants continue to engage Cameroonian military.

On Wednesday, Mr Kwewum submitted that it was expedient for Nigerian military to mobilise more soldiers to dislodge terrorists attacking the area and restore normalcy.

He said that terrorists who murdered six soldiers of the 93 Army Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Takum in the LGA  had continued destruction of settlements in Takum unabated.

Mr Kwewum further said that in the last weeks, over 30 people have been killed, adding that scores of settlements and villages have been attacked and we’re still vulnerable to further attack.

He noted that in the latest attacks, the terrorists waylaid innocent and defenceless  people and they freely moved from Takum to Ussa, shooting at motorists and pedestrians.

The Rep said that the killings and destruction, had become daily occurrences and in several of the communities the terrorist attack, crops in the field and destroyed houses.

He said that the communities’ appeal and several patriotic resolutions of the House for a stronger intervention by both the State and Federal government had gone unheeded.

Mr Kwewum added that agricultural activities had virtually been disrupted in the area which produces a significant percentage of the food needs of the country.

According to him, given the proximity of the area to the Ambazonia versus Cameroon conflict the bandits will in no distant future internationalise the crisis.

He added that they would also link easily and collaborate with Boko Haram cells across the Nigerian border.

The House therefore, urged the intelligence agencies and the operational security agencies to identify the routes and camps of the terrorists and their local collaborators to bring them to book.

The House also urged the National Emergency Management Agency and other spirited organisations to intervene in providing relief materials to the affected communities.

House committees on Defence, National Intelligence and Human Rights was also mandated to interface with the Armed Forces and ensure compliance and report back to the House within 14 days for further legislative action.


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