The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said that over 34,000 Cameroonians were currently taking refuge in six local government areas of the state.
The Director-General of SEMA in the state, Mr John Inaku, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Friday.
Inaku stated that the influx was as the result of the crisis in Cameroon over the demand for Ambazonia Republic by Southern Cameroonians.
He said, ‘’The asylum seekers were currently taking refuge in Obudu, Boki, Ikom, Etung, Akamkpa and Obanliku Local Government Areas of the state.
“So far, we have 34,000 Cameroonian asylum seekers spread across six local government areas in Cross River.
“About 21,000 of them have been documented by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the National Commission for Refugees.
“As an agency, we go into the interior areas that have not been accessed by these organisations and holistically, we have 34,000 of them already on ground.
The director general added that the state government was doing its best in providing help to the refugees, stating that the number was too heavy for the state government alone to handle.
He, however, appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), corporate organisations and other humanitarian agencies to offer their support to the refugees.