EU donates toward securing Cameroon’s borders
The European Union (EU) has donated a mainly rolling stock of vehicles and other security equipment to the National Security Delegation (DGSN) in Cameroon to help secure its borders at the height of its onslaught against the Nigerian militant sect Boko Haram, well-informed sources told APA on Wednesday.
The donation includes an automotive fleet consisting of five 4x4 pickups, a van and twelve all-terrain motorcycles, equipped with helmets and boxes meant for the four border posts of the national security services in Kousseri, Barndake, Demsa and Goulfey in the country’s Far North.
According to DGSN, Martin Mbarga Nguele the donation is part of a “project to support the establishment of a climate of confidence between the state and its citizens in this part of the country, which is facing attacks from the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram.”
The head of the Cameroonian police noted that in support of “the indisputable victories of our forces on terrorist groups and armed bandits in the border areas, Cameroon welcomes the contributions of its international partners in this fight against these transnational, obscurant and barbaric criminals.”
The EU-backed project to the tune of CFA2.6 billion contributes to the restoration of the rule of law in that part of the country.
The Ambassador and head of the EU office in Cameroon, Françoise Collet said since the threat from terrorism is global and across borders, the response must be in like manner.
She added: “The war against Boko Haram underscored the highly strategic nature of border management and security”.
According to the European diplomat, “as a result of this conflict and the population movements caused by it, the DGSN and the EU have realized that border security should be strengthened, not only to stem the tide of weapons and combatants, but also to secure the flow of people and goods vital for the strategic North and Far North regions.”