The reality of the monstrous operations of the terrorist Boko Haram continues to be felt within Nigeria and across her boarders. More than 3000 Nigerians have been expelled from Cameroun in reaction to the spate of bloody Boko Haram attacks, agency reports quoted Yaounde officials as disclosing on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the deadly group has continued its reign of terror killing about nine persons, and abducting children and teenagers in a Camerounian village, according to reports.
Suspected Boko Haram fighters disguised as refugees with explosives hidden in their luggage were arrested at a camp in northern Cameroun on Monday, its government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary was also quoted by the Agence France Presse (AFP) as saying..
Authorities have also arrested hundreds of other Camerounians and Nigerians accused of collaborating with Boko Haram, said Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroun’s Far North region.
They deported Nigerians who said they were refugees but were not staying at camps and lacked identification papers.
“In the different villages there is a certain population of foreigners and they are hiding behind some Camerounians and hiding those Boko Haram suspects,” Midjiyawa Bakary said.
Women, children and men were taken across the border to the Nigerian town of Mubi, he said.
The U.N. refugee agency says a camp in Cameroun’s Far North Region now hosts about 44,000 people and estimates there are 12,000 unregistered refugees in the region.
In Nigeria, many of those expelled said they were forced out quickly.
“It was a terrible journey. We spent almost six days on the road,” said Musa Kawuri, a 52-year-old trader. “We initially pleaded with the Camerounian officials to give us grace of some days,” but were put in trucks.
Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency chairman Haruna Hamman Furo said 12,000 Nigerians were expected to arrive from Cameroun.
Everyone expelled would be sent to Yola, Adamawa State capital, said National Emergency Management Agency Camps Coordinator in Adamawa, Sa’ad Bello.
“Their condition is good,” he said. But some refugees said that several people died during their hike to the border.
Meanwhile, suspected Boko Haram insurgents early Tuesday killed at least nine people and kidnapped dozens, including children and teenagers, from a village in Cameroun on the border with Nigeria, according to local leader.
Tchakarmari village head, Chief Kadzamare Amin, said heavily armed attackers came from Nigeria into the villages of Tchakarmari and Kangaleri in trucks, adding that they burned 15 houses, killed six men and three women, and kidnapped many.
Bakary said soldiers confirmed an attack and authorities were investigating.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the Boko Haram sect has been blamed for scores of attacks in the region this year.