Thursday, 20 July 2017

Cameroon did not kill 97 Nigerians – Minister

Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday came out to say there's no evidence of 97 Nigerians killed by Cameroonian Gendarmes.

The minister said that the 97 deaths comprises of all the Nigerians that has died or killed in previous incidents in the Bakassi area since 2008.

The Minister who was represented by Mr. Olusola Enikanolaye at the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs headed by Rep. Nnena Elendu-Ukeje, the committee probing the incident.

Mr. Olusola, the permanent secretary in the ministry, explained that the incident started with the new taxation system introduced by the new Divisional Officer that was deployed in July 2017 to administer the Bakassi General Area.

This new taxation demands that, all men engaged in fishing and other business activities in the area were to pay N55,000, women. 30,000 and churches N50,000 per annum.”

“He went further to say taxes was raised on packets of fish were raised from N200 to N1,000. Butchers were also to pay N1,000 per head for goats slaughtered by them.

He said by the records of the Nigerian Mission, the death recorded were not orchestrated by the Gendarmes.

Although some leaders asserted to some Nigerians that drowned trying to flee their homes to Ikang Jetty”  when the new DO threatened to use force, but there were no corpses to confirm their assertion.

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