The Chinese government has denied supporting terrorist organizations in some regions of Nigeria in order to gain access to mineral resources.
According to a recent article in the British daily The Times, Beijing “could be indirectly funding terror in Africa’s largest economy” through bribery and unlawful activities.
According to a report, some Chinese nationals who had previously worked haphazardly as miners in Zamfara allegedly act as spies for various armed organizations in the state and adjacent regions of the northwest zone.The embassy said China remained committed to addressing development and security-related issues in Nigeria
The statement read: “The Chinese government, as well as the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, have always encouraged and urged Chinese companies and nationals in Nigeria to abide by the laws and regulations of Nigeria, and to implement the local rules and guidance on labour, environment, health and safety, etc, and would continue their efforts in this regard.
“The Chinese government was and would never be involved in any form of funding terrorism. The allegations contained in the report were totally irresponsible and unethical, and the intention of the report is seriously questioned.
“For the past decades, the bilateral cooperation between China and Nigeria has brought tangible benefits to our bilateral ties and well-being of the two peoples.
”We will continue to work with the Nigerian government to promote development and address security issues.”