Nigeria and Cameroon are to strengthen trans-border security challenges.

The move followed President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, which share border with Cameroon.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, said Jonathan yesterday received a special message from Cameroun through the Cameroonian Vice Prime Minister, Mr. Ahmadou Ali at the Presidential Villa.

The statement reads: “The special message from President Paul Biya included an invitation to attend a summit on security and maritime safety in the Gulf of Guinea to be hosted by Cameroon.

“President Jonathan accepted the invitation, and said current global security challenges make it imperative for countries to cooperate maximally in order to protect their citizens.

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“As criminality and terrorism have risen globally, it is important for countries to cooperate maximally, in order to protect citizens.

“President Jonathan briefed the Cameroonian Vice Prime Minister about the state of emergency declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States this week, and assured the special envoy that Nigeria would work with her neighbours to ensure security in the sub-region.”

Jonathan thanked President Biya for the cooperation he has extended and the warm relations between the two countries.

Ali told Jonathan that his country had identified members that would form part of the committee on trans-border security.


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