The Minister of Communication, Government’s Spokesperson, Issa Tchiroma Bakary has confirmed the arrest and extradition of 47 people charged with terrorist activities.
Amongst the suspects extradited by the Nigerian government is, the self-proclaimed leader of the Southern Cameroons secessionist group, Ayuk Tabe Julius and close collaborators.
The 47 suspects who have been handed over to Cameroon’s justice department for trial were arrested thanks to high level security ties between Cameroon and Nigeria.
On 7th December 2017, both countries agreed to mutualise efforts in the fight against secession. This was the focus of discussions at State House between the special envoy of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Biya of Cameroon.
During the audience, the envoy who was Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Cameroon, His Excellency Lawan Abba Gashagar declared that his country is categorically against pro-secessionist activities.
The Nigerian diplomat said his country is earger to assist government safeguard Cameroon’s territorial integrity. He condemned the use of arms in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon while emphasising that grievances ought to be addressed through peaceful and meaningful dialogue.
The Minister of Communication, Spokesperson of the government, during a Press briefing in Yaounde on Monday 29th January saluted Nigeria – Cameroon cooperation especially in the area of security.