“But let me commend the initiative of the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who has already directed that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to find out what numbers of citizens have crossed the border to Nigeria.
“He also asked the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at the Cross River State level to look into what numbers are being displaced as a result of this.
“Do they need help? If they do, that authority should also ascertain the numbers involved and provide the necessary support these newly displaced persons may need.
“So I think adequate response has been undertaken by the Nigerian side to cater for any Nigerians who might have come back into the country from Bakassi.
“We commend that effort on the part of the Nigerian authorities,” the UN envoy said.
“They have continued to Cameroon, they were in Yaoundé last week, so we would look into this and other concerns.
“For now, the information we have is that the issue had to do with an imposition of a new fishing tax in communities
“And this may have generated some frictions between the different fishermen, including Nigerian fishermen and tax officials.
“So just to say that this really was not related directly to the border demarcation issues but have more to do with a new tax that has been imposed by the Cameroonian authority.”
Chambas described the relations between Nigeria and Cameroon as cordial, particularly in the fight against Boko Haram and appealed that the trend be sustained.
“The relations between the two countries remains very good and we commend that and also we encourage their continuing collaboration on a bigger-ticket item – the fighting Boko Haram.
“We urge them to maintain this solidarity that they have with each other and to scale up the fight against Boko Haram, which is wounded but not dead yet,” he said.
“While investigation into the matter is ongoing, the UN is working closely with the authorities of Cameroon and Nigeria to strengthen the security protocol for the resumption of border pillar construction in the area.”