Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki,

The Senate on Wednesday invited the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, over the invasion of several Cross River communities by Cameroonian soldiers.

The upper legislative chamber said the minister should appear before its relevant committees, including Defence and Security and National Intelligence to throw light on the reported invasion of Nigerian communities by the soldiers.

The invitation followed the adoption of a motion by the Senator representing Cross River Central, John Owan Enoh and two others on the “Influx of refugees from the Republic of Cameroun to some border communities in Cross River State and its attendant security fallout.”

Enoh, in his lead debate, noted that the current agitation for the independence of Southern Cameroun has caused influx of refugees to some border communities in Cross River State.

He said over 6,000 refugees are currently squatting at Obanliku, Bold, Etung and Ikom Local government areas of the state.

Enoh said as at December 16, 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) had biometrically registered 10,000 arrivals in remote areas of Cross River and indicated that thousands more are awaiting registration.

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