Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: FG Inaugurates Nigeria-Cameroon Trans-Border Security Committee

The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja inaugurated the Nigeria-Cameroon Trans-border Security Committee, in line with the two countries' joint agreement on trans-border security.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru, who led the ceremony, said the inauguration of the committee came at a time of renewed international fight against the terrorism and trans-border crimes.

The Federal Government in February 2012 signed a bilateral agreement with Cameroon to establish a joint trans-border security committee as part of measures to fight terrorism and stop the activities of insurgents.

Ashiru emphsised the role the committee would play in the fight against terrorism and trans-border crimes.

The minister urged the committee to cooperate with their Cameroon counterparts and come up with immediate measures to implement the Trans-border Security Agreement that was signed in 2012.

"I jointly signed the agreement with the Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon last year in the context of the shared desire of Nigeria and Cameroon to strengthen security along our common borders.

"Reports on recent terrorist activities and incidents in some land border villages with Cameroon, have further underscored the urgency to inaugurate this National Committee to enable an early meeting with your Cameroonian counterparts towards the earnest and effective implementation of the trans-border agreement.

"In line with its mandate, the Trans-border Security Committee is to develop practicable strategies to strengthen cooperation on security between Cameroon and Nigeria along our common borders.

"This will include new and additional measures to address the challenges of terrorism, trans-border trafficking in small arms and light weapons and influx of illegal immigrants."

The Committee Chairman and National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, who was represented by Maj.-Gen. Babatunde Samuel, expressed gratitude to the minister and gave the assurance that the committee would carry out its assignment conscientiously.

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