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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cameroon is Violating International Conventions by Letting his Troops Entering Nigeria in Search of English-speaking Secessionist , Specialist Warns

According to researcher Hans de Marie Heungoup, Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria accuse the Cameroonian security forces of intimidation, and sometimes penetration of the Nigerian territory to arrest some.

The confreres of Radio France Internationale (RFI) have on December 9, 2017, gave the floor to Hans de Marie Heungoup, researcher for Cameroon within the International Crisis Group so that he can decipher the tension currently being experienced between Cameroon and Nigeria following the social crisis in the northwestern and southwestern regions.

Regarding the hearing granted by President Paul Biya on Thursday, 7 December 2017 to the High Commissioner of Nigeria to Cameroon, HE Lawan Abba Gashagar, the researcher notes that it should be read as " a mechanism for Nigeria to introduce the country as being, neither near nor far, attached to the separatist Cameroonian movement " while adding that" this will not lead to a collaboration more clear than what is already done on the ground ".

He finds that Cameroon is violating international conventions by letting his troops enter Nigeria in search of English-speaking secessionists. " On both sides, there are accusations that fuse. Refugees in Nigeria blame Cameroonian security forces for intimidation, and sometimes penetration into Nigerian territory to arrest some of them. And on the other hand, from the Cameroonian authorities and in particular the security forces. They accuse some of these secessionists of interfering and being infiltrated among these refugees ".

To put an end to this so-called Anglophone crisis, the researcher indicates that the Nigerian authorities propose to the Cameroonian public authorities " the political approach and the dialogue to overcome the English-speaking question as a whole and not just the question of secession " .

Hans De Marie Heungoup is a political scientist and researcher at the International Crisis Group. He is also the author of " The BIR, the GP and the power in Cameroon " (Berlin), European University Publishing, September 2011. He has traveled several localities in Cameroon including Touboro in the North where he was arrested on September 3, 2014 on instructions of the sub-prefect of said locality.

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