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Nigeria & Cameroon sign deal to jointly fight border crimes

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February 29, 2012

Nigeria and Cameroon have signed an agreement on establishing a trans-border security committee to crack down on crimes along both countries’ land and maritime borders.

WADR’s Abuja Correspondent says the agreement was signed in Abuja on Tuesday between the two African oil prouducing neighbours, who share a border stretching some 2,000km.

Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru and the Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon Amadou Ali signed the deal for both countries.

“Nigeria attaches great importance to this signing ceremony of the agreement on the establishment of the Trans-border Security Committee because it once again demonstrates the ability and political will of our two countries to come together and collectively address the common challenges in the sub-region,” Foreign Minister Ashiru said.

The Nigerian Foreign Minster described the agreement as timely, given the global fight against terrorism and piracy that are posing serious threat to international peace and security.

He said terrorism and piracy were being addressed by the UN, AU and ECOWAS at different fora, including the just ended International Conference on Somalia in which Nigeria actively participated.

For his part, Cameroonian vice-premier Ali said the agreement was an important milestone in deepening the existing relations between the two countries.

Ali added: “Insecurity is a friend to no country and today’s event demonstrates our common will to resolve a common problem. I have no doubt that we will rise up to the challenges of insecurity along our common boundary, notably terrorism, maritime piracy and highway robbery.’’


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