Cameroon rubbishes claims of killing 97 Nigerian fishermen

Cameroon has dismissed allegations that her gendarme officers murdered 97 Nigerian fishermen in the Bakassi peninsula.
The incident reportedly happened about two weeks ago.
Cameroon's information minister considers the claims as "baseless" and "unfounded".
However, the minister insists that some Nigerians on cameroonian soil had refused to pay taxes on grounds that they were foreigners.
Every foreigner who respects Cameroon's laws is welcome, he pointed out.


The fishermen, who constituted the majority of the alleged victims, had been killed after they refused to pay a  levy on fishing boats , according to media reports.
The Bakassi peninsula is a disputed area at the borders of Nigeria and Cameroon which was ceded to Cameroon in 2005 by Nigeria following a ruling by the International Court of Justice.
Nigeria is currently investigating the allegations.
In the meantime, one wonders why it has taken so long for  Cameroon to react.
Some 34 Cameroonian military persons are still missing after their boat capsized on a mission to the Bakassi peninsula.

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