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Cameroon Denies Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Are in Country

A woman holds a sign during a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos, May 5, 2014.
A woman holds a sign during a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos, May 5, 2014.
As global concern builds over the fate of hundreds of Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists three weeks ago, Cameroon is denying allegations that some of the girls have been taken into the country to be sold. 
 
Cameroon Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakari told VOA he is shocked by the speculation that some of the missing girls may 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 destabilization activities towards other countries," said Bakari.
 
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. But, he repeated, his country is committed to combating terrorism with Nigerian authorities and all regional partners. 
 
"Cameroon is subject to attacks perpetrated from neighboring 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 neighboring countries to fight against trans-border criminality in respect of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of each country," said Bakari.
 
Boko Haram admits taking girls

On Monday the Islamist militant sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for taking hundreds of girls from their school in Chibok, Borno state, near the Cameroon border on April 14th. Some of the girls were able to escape, but 276 are still missing.
 
In a Hausa language video sent to news agencies, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau promised to “sell them to the marketplace” as slave wives. Unconfirmed reports have said that some of the girls had been married to their Boko Haram captors, while others speculated they had been moved across the border into Chad and Cameroon.
 
Violence attributed to Boko Haram in northern Nigeria has spilled over into Cameroon during the past year. There have been gunfights in villages, kidnappings and arms trafficking arrests. 
 
In the latest incident, suspected Boko Haram members attacked a Cameroon army post in Kousseri on the border with Borno State - Boko Haram’s headquarters - and freed one of its leaders caught trafficking arms. Cameroon officials say two people died in the attack.
 
On Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United States will give Nigeria counterterrorism assistance to help in the search for the missing girls, with a focus on information sharing.

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by: ndong edwana from: cameroon
May 10, 2014 2:29 AM
Actually, it seems as if nothing is being done about those girls. Efforts are concentrated on putting the blame on people. This is not a good sign. What those Nigerian girls need is help. Not conferences and speeches on who is to blame or not. The UN n de Nigerian government should move fast. God help us all.

by: Onyekachi Uzoma from: Port Harcourt
May 09, 2014 5:00 AM
The unwarranted and indiscriminate scramble for and partition of Africa by the West, is yielding its bitter fruit now. some criminals who have traceable consanguinity in neighboring countries run to their kith and kin there for protection. This is fueling terrorism in West Africa in particular. it is only right therefore that the West give adequate help to Africa curb the web off terrorism.

by: vivikamsi from: wuse 2 abuja
May 08, 2014 6:32 PM
i blame the nigerian gov cause they waisted alot of time and sould arest cameroon gov i tink sould hv hands in those girls

by: vivikamsi from: wuse 2 abuja
May 08, 2014 6:24 PM
god pls give the recuerers wisdom to trap those useless boko harams down and pls save those girls in jusus name amen.

by: bb from: andover
May 07, 2014 10:53 AM
all the protestors in the u.s. should do more to help these rouge nations in their struggles/ millions here are of african descent-obviously/ and screamin in streets is not the most ideal option/ u.s. military involvement should not enter into these barbaric nations

by: Manny O from: USA
May 06, 2014 7:54 AM
This blank denial and finger pointing is not is need to save this girls. The idea of some of or all the girls in Cameroon is not unfounded. Cameroon is not a small village and every inch, feet, yard etc of the area is not being policed so it is possible they might be in the country.

No blame is proffered if its so. What is required is for every surrounding country should mobilized in one accord to locate this perpetrators where ever they might be in their country to stamp them out. I believe this might turn out to be a blessing because once and for all. The girls will be freed and BH will be wiped out.

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