Ambazonian fighters from Cameroon kill village head, 10 others in Taraba

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Ambazonian fighters from Cameroon kill village head, 10 others in Taraba

Persons suspected to be Ambazonian soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon stormed the Manga community of Takum Local Government Area in Taraba State leaving residents in shock.

It was gathered that the foreigners attacked the village and killed ten people including a traditional ruler in the early hours of Wednesday at Manga village.

Takum local government area is a border community between Taraba State and the Republic of Cameroon.

Joseph Manga, the brother of the slain traditional ruler and the Senior Special Assistant to the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, confirmed the incident to newsmen.

He disclosed that the Ambazonian soldiers first attacked the border community in Cameroon republic before crossing over to Nigeria to unleash mayhem.

“The Ambazonian separatist soldiers attacked my village Manga which is a border community between Taraba State and Republic of Cameroon in Takum LGA,” he said.

“They, first of all, attacked a village on the other side of the community and killed people before crossing over to do the same here.

“My elder brother is the traditional ruler there; they laid ambush and killed him in his palace before proceeding to kill others.

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“The death toll at the moment is 11 including my brother the traditional ruler, we are still combing the bush to recover more bodies or possibly those hiding.”

Other residents of the community are said to still be missing as they are suspected to have fled to other communities for safety.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Local Government Area, Shiban Tikari disclosed that as at when he visited the scene in the early hours of today after receiving the distress call, only five dead bodies were recovered.

He said, “I can confirm to you that we have so far recovered 5 bodies from the scene and others are still been sort for in nearby bush.

“My team alongside the military visited to restore normalcy and ensure that such thing does not repeat itself.

“For now we do not know those that came to attack but news filtered in saying that they are Ambazonian separatist soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon”.

Similarly, the Senator representing Taraba South, Emmanuel Bwacha, has confirmed the unfortunate incident, Bwacha raised the alarm that Nigeria’s sovereignty was under threat.

He said the Ambazonia separatists from Southern Cameroon invaded the Manga community in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State and killed the village head and some residents.

The lawmaker raised a point of order at plenary to draw the attention of his colleagues to the killings in the Manga community.

Bwacha added that Manga Village is 20 kilometres away from Kashimbilla Dam.

He said, “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 (Separatists) 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.”

The Senate, thereafter, held a minute silence to honour those killed by the Ambazonia separatists from Southern Cameroon in Manga community.

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