Cameroon Denies ‘Maltreatment, Killing of Nigerians’
Cameroon has denied reports of the killing of 97 Nigerian fishermen by its gendarmes in Bakassi peninsula and maltreating Nigerian refugees in that country.
A three-man delegation dispatched by Cameroonian President Paul Biya stated this in Abuja on Thursday at a joint briefing at the end of a meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.
The leader of the delegation, Cameroonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Joseph Ngute said that there was no iota of truth in all the reports, saying that Cameroon is a law abiding country and no such thing would ever happen.
On the reported killing of over 97 Nigerians, the minister said nobody was killed, noting that it was a fabrication which appeared in the media, which nobody knew its purpose.
“ We are here to inform the government of Nigeria that a month ago, we had reports in the media concerning massacre of people in the Bakassi area.
“We sent our administrators and we asked Nigerian Counsel in Bua to accompany them. They went there and realised that not a single person was touched and nobody was injured or killed,” he said.
The minister said that the team came to discuss the situation that afflicted North Western part of Cameroon and North-Eastern part of Nigeria concerning the fight against Boko Haram.