Cameroon Denies Kidnapped Girls are in its Territory
The Cameroonian government has denied allegations that some of the abducted schoolgirls have been taken into the country.
Cameroon minister of communication Issa Tchiroma Bakari told the Voice of America (VOA) that he was shocked by the speculation that some of the missing girls might be being held in the country.
“We insist that allegations from Nigeria that a part of the 200 young female students recently kidnapped in the northeast of Nigeria would have been transferred to Cameroon to be forced into marriage to members of the Boko Haram sect are fully unfounded.
“Cameroon will never ever serve as a support base for destabilisation activities towards other countries,” Bakari added.
Bakari said this is not the first time Cameroon has been dragged into what he called the “unfortunate and heinous” crimes taking place in Nigeria, adding that his country is committed to combating terrorism with Nigerian authorities and all regional partners.
“Cameroon is subject to attacks perpetrated from neighbouring countries and by nationals of those countries. I will like to recall our entire willingness and readiness to cooperate in good faith with the governments of neighbouring countries to fight against trans-border criminality in respect of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of each country,” said Bakari.
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