The government of Cameroon has denied reports that its gendarmes in Bakassi peninsula killed 97 Nigerian fishermen and also maltreated other Nigerian refugees in the country.
The denial was made by a three-man delegation dispatched by Cameroonian President Paul Biya 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 the delegation was in Nigeria to discuss issues of mutual benefits to both countries.
Reacting to a question 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.
Ngute said that the two countries had been working perfectly in trying to clip the Boko Haram terrorists group and make sure that the evil group was completely alienated.