CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

26 August 2014

Nigeria: Army Refutes Reports of Defections to Cameroon

Abuja — THE Army has denied reports of defections from its ranks after some troops were spotted in neighbouring Cameroon.

According to a statement the troops were in Cameroon following a sustained battle with terrorists around the border area and are on their way back to join their unit in Nigeria.

"The Nigerian troops that were found in Cameroon were as a result of a sustained battle between the troops and the terrorists around the borders with Cameroon which saw the Nigerian troops charging through the borders in a tactical maneuver," the Defense explained.

Eventually, they found themselves on Cameroonian soil. Being allies the normal protocol of managing such incident demanded that the troops submit their weapons in order to assure the friendly country that they were not on a hostile mission," the statement read.

It added that after discussions between Nigerian and Cameroonian military authorities, the issues were resolved.

"Following necessary discussions between Nigerian and Cameroonian military authorities, the issues have been sorted out. Subsequently, the troops are on their way back to join their unit in Nigeria."

The Defense Headquarters said it is was thus wrong to describe the incidence as defection appropriate considering the discussion between the two countries' military leadership.

"The reference to the incidence as a defection is therefore not appropriate considering the discussion between the two countries' military leadership and the series of contacts with the soldiers who have confirmed that they are safe."

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