The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Sunday distributed food and materials worth millions of Naira to Cameroonian refugees residing in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River state.
During the distribution of the items, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, the Federal Commissioner of the Refugee Commission said that the gesture was in line with Federal Government’s agenda of providing succour to asylum seekers in Nigeria.
Umar-Farouq, who was represented by an official of the commission, Immosan Immosan, said refugees were scattered in Obanliku, Etung, Boki, Ikom and Obudu local government areas of the state.
She added that “the attention of Federal Government was drawn to the symbolic declaration of sovereign state and independence of Ambazonia by Anglophone Cameroonians through the hoisting of flags and national anthem in strategic locations in Cameroon on October 1.
“This action culminated in repressive attacks by government security agents on armless civilians, destruction of property and arbitrary arrest and detention of mass population.
“The consequences of such attack has been the remarkable influx of Cameroonians into the bordering towns of Ikom, Obudu, Boki, Etung and Obudu in Cross River, Gembu in Taraba and other surrounding locations.”
She therefore assured them that Federal Government would continue to play its role by providing security and succour to refugees while efforts were ongoing to foster peace in their country.