In a bid to curtail the nefarious activities of the radical islamic sect Bokoharam Nigeria has sealed its northern border with Cameroon in an effort to shut out Islamist militants using its neighbour as a launch pad for attacks, the military said on Sunday.
The closure extends from northern Borno state, by Lake Chad, to the southern end of Adamawa state, around halfway along Nigeria’s 1,500-mile border with Cameroon.
Both states are covered by a state of emergency that President Goodluck Jonathan declared last May as part of an offensive meant to crush Islamist sect Boko Haram.
“To effectively curtail the activities of the insurgents, the Cameroon border in the northeast has been closed in definitely,” Brigadier-General Rogers Ibe Nicholas said in a statement.
The Islamists, whose struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa’s top oil producer, are currently based in the hilly Gwoza area next to Cameroon.
Report has it that the flee through the borders after striking to avoid been pursued.