Cameroon Separatist Leader, Aides Arrested in Nigeria
January 07, 2018
“Julius Ayuk Tabe, the Nigeria-based chairman of the Governing Council of Ambazonia separatist movement, was taken into custody with six others at a hotel in Abuja on Friday, said an official in the West African country and a member of the separatist group in Cameroon.
Bilateral relations have been strained by a separatist movement in Cameroon that has clashed with the Cameroonian army and prompted thousands to flee violence by traveling across the border to Nigeria.
Cameroonian troops last month crossed into Nigeria in pursuit of rebels without seeking Nigerian authorization, causing diplomatic wrangling behind the scenes.
Separatists, including armed radical elements, seek an independent state for the nation’s Anglophone regions they call Ambazonia.
A Nigerian official said Tabe and six of his supporters were placed in custody at around 7 p.m. (1800 GMT) Friday.
“They were having a meeting at Nera Hotels in Abuja,” the official said on condition of anonymity. The official did not know who rounded up the separatists.”
“French is the official language for most of Cameroon, but English is spoken in two regions that border Nigeria.”