YAOUNDE — More than 34 Cameroonian military men heading to Bakassi Peninsula has been declared missing by the country’s defense minister. The soldiers drown in the atlantic ocean when their boat sink off cameroonian coast on their way to Bakassi Peninsula. Cameroon’s defense minister says at least 34 people have been declared missing after a military vessel sank off the country’s Atlantic coast.
Joseph Beti Assomo said Monday that the military has been deployed to investigate. He says helicopters have rescued three soldiers and will continue the search.
Meanwhile Armed Forces from the republic of cameroon was reported to have killed at least 97 indigenes of the ceded oil rich Bakassi Peninsula last week.
Assomo says 37 people were on board the ship, which was on a routine mission to the Bakassi peninsula when it sank Sunday.
The oil-rich Bakassi peninsula was handed over to Cameroon by Nigeria following an International Court of Justice ruling. Nigerian forces had occupied the area in the 1980s, leading to violent confrontations with Cameroon’s military.