Reps summon Onyeama over killing of 97 Nigerians in cameroon

The House of Representatives, yesterday, summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Godfrey Onyeama, over an alleged killing of 97 Nigerians by Cameroonian Gendarmes.

That was just as it has mandated its committee on Foreign Affairs headed by Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeji to investigate the incident.

The decision was taken following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Babatunde Kolawole.

Leading debate on the motion, the lawmaker told the House that what led to the alleged killing was the inability of the Nigerians to pay a fishing fee of N100,000 charged on their boats by the Cameroonian authorities.

He said: “Last week, there were several media reports that 97 Nigerians were killed in Bakassi by Cameroonian Gendarmes because they could not afford a N100,000.

“This is in spite of the clauses in the Green Tree Agreement signed between Nigerian and the Cameroonian Government, which protect our citizens in the ceded areas from harm.

“Apart from this, recent attacks, there have been reports of harassment, rape and killing of Nigerians by the Gendarmes over the years with the Nigerian government seemingly doing little or nothing to stop it.

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