Killings In Cameroon Border: A Tragic Reality

The killings of Nigerians along the Cameroon border has not been received with open arms, with the Nigerian government immediately swinging into action to know the true cause of the incident.

A report on Friday, July 14 had stated that no fewer than 97 Nigerians were killed, as Cameroon Gendarmes allegedly attacked residents of Bakassi over failure to pay a 100,000 NGN boat levy. Nigerian Interior Minister Abdulrahman Dambazau accused Cameroon of breaching an agreement to protect its citizens.

Cameroon took control of oil-rich Bakassi in 2008 after an International Court of Justice ruling, ending years of border skirmishes.

Survivors of the attack have been arriving back in Nigeria with injuries, reports the BBC’s Naziru Mikailu in the capital, Abuja.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned Cameroon’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Abbas Salahedine, to give explanations on the report of maltreatment and killings of Nigerians in the Bakassi Peninsula by Cameroonian Gendarmes.

As well, a statement by the Ministry’s Acting Spokesperson, Mrs. Jane Adams, expressed dismay on the incident. “The ministry has instructed the Nigerian Missions in Yaounde and Buea, to investigate the report with a view to confirming their veracity and inform Headquarters immediately.”

The Nigerian government has been talking tough, while the Cameroonian government is yet to comment on the incident.

Oshodi Ebenezer
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