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Cameroonian separatists kill village head, others in Taraba

The village head of the Manga community, in the Takum local government area of Taraba state, has been killed by a suspected separatist group from Cameroon.

The separatists, who had declared the Federal Republic of Amazonia in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon in 2017, reportedly killed other residents during an invasion of the community.

The deputy minority leader of the Senate, Emmanuel Bwacha, who represents the Taraba South senatorial district, brought the incident to the Red Chamber’s notice during plenary on Wednesday.

Bwacha who came under Order 43 which is on personal explanation, decried the killing of the village head and some residents.

Bwacha said the assailants also razed down the village during the attack, adding that the affected village is 20 kilometres away from Kashimbilla Dam.

“I rise this morning to draw the attention of our countrymen and particularly our security agencies to this unfortunate incident which undermines our integrity and sovereignty as a nation.

“Takum local government houses the 23 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, and so Mr President, it is my humble submission that the Nigerian Army should rise to the challenge and curb this wanton territorial expansion.

“Their motive is yet unknown, whether they want to expand territory or lay claim for Southwest Cameroon is not yet clear.

“As I speak, a number of individuals have gone missing and their whereabouts are yet unknown. The village also is razed down”, he said.

The Upper Chamber held a minute silence in honour of those killed by the separatists, and called on the military to, as a matter of urgency, swing into action to prevent the eventual occupation of the Manga community by the separatists.

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