Cameroon de­nies Bakassi killings

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

Cameroon yes­ter­day de­nied re­ports of the killing of 97 Nige­rian fish­er­men by its gen­darmes in Bakassi Penin­sula and mal­treat­ing refugees in the coun­try.

A three man del­e­ga­tion dis­patched by Cameroo­nian Pres­i­dent Paul Biya stated this in Abuja at a joint brief­ing af­ter a meet­ing with the For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ge­of­frey Onyeama.

The leader of the del­e­ga­tion, Cameroo­nian Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, Dr Joseph Ngute, said the del­e­ga­tion was in Nige­ria to dis­cuss is­sues of mu­tual ben­e­fits to both coun­tries.

Ngute said there was no iota of truth in all the re­ports, say­ing Cameroon is a law abid­ing coun­try and no such thing would ever hap­pened.

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 knows why and for what 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.

He also de­nied re­port that his coun­try mal­treated Nige­rian refugees say­ing that they had protested to UN hu­man right com­mis­sion on the is­sue.

Onyeama said there was no dis­trust be­tween the two coun­tries.

“On the con­trary both coun­tries are ex­tremely close, work­ing to­gether very closely and I think send­ing this del­e­ga­tion by the pres­i­dent him­self, shows the im­por­tance he at­taches to that re­la­tion­ship,” he said.

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