Trouble looms as IPOB, Cameroonian separatists reportedly set to exchange weapons, personnel in new alliance.


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More troubles seem to be looming in the southeastern part of the country following the reported alliance between the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Ambazonia Governing Council (AGovC), the separatist movement in Southern Cameroon.

According to a report by Foreign Policy, the two groups are also seeking to exchange personnel of their respective paramilitary arms in pursuit of their separatist goal.

Like IPOB, the AGovC wants the English-speaking parts of Cameroon to break away from the country and form a ‘Federal Republic of Ambazonia’, following prolonged allegations of marginalisation by Anglophone Cameroon in the hands of the Francophones said to make up to 80% of the country

Their concerns reached a crescendo in 2016 when they protested some government actions, including the posting of French-speaking magistrates and teachers to the English-speaking regions, leading to a military clampdown.

In September 2017, the AGOVC deployed Ambazonia defence forces — similar to IPOB’s Eastern Security Network (ESN) — in Southern Cameroon, which led to the killing of over 2000 people in the country.

Earlier in a briefing in April, the leader of the proscribed IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, announced a “new dawn” with the two secessionist groups “coming together to confront our collective enemies.”

“Even though our struggles for freedom have had different trajectories, Biafrans and Ambazonians have shared destinies,” he had said.

speaking further, Cho Ayaba, AGovC leader, also said the two groups intend to “walk together to ensure collective survival from the brutal annexation that have occurred in our home nations.”

Details of the alliance were not stated at the time, but Foreign Policy quoted representatives of the two groups as saying they will “work to secure their shared border and ensure an open exchange of weapons and personnel.”

Capo Daniel, the deputy defence chief of the Ambazonia defence forces, also said the scope of the union will include joint operations and training bases.

“We have been very careful in our association with the Biafra movement because we didn’t want to destabilize the region, but we have been cornered,” he reportedly said.

“The Nigerians have failed to act, the international community has failed to act, so we have no other choice but to get into an alliance that can better our chances to defend ourselves.”

With this newly formed alliance, it means more insecurity issues for the people of the south-east.

It would be recalled that since IPOB launched the self-funded ESN to “halt every criminal activity and terrorist attack on Biafraland”, the southeast and parts of the sout-south have continued to record increased violence, especially on security formations.

Security agencies especially the police have seen thier personnel killed in the region, with their arms often taken away.

Spokespersons of the Nigeria Immigration Service and the South East Governors’ Forum have been contacted for comments.

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