The Chinese government has denied funding terrorist groups in parts of Nigeria to secure access to mineral reserves.
The Times of United Kingdom had on April 15 come out with the scratching report, which was later culled by many Nigerian news media.
The Chinese Embassy in a statement published on its website on Monday, said: “Our attention has been drawn to a media report titled ‘Chinese bribed Nigerian militants for access to vast mineral reserves”, published by the The Times of the U.K. on April 15, 2023.
The report alleged that some Chinese nationals who have worked as miners in Zamfara serve as runners for some militant groups in the state and other parts of the north-west zone.
Reacting in a statement on Monday, the Chinese embassy in Nigeria said the report was based on “unproven information” noting that the allegations were totally irresponsible and unethical.
The embassy said China remains committed to addressing development and security-related issues in Nigeria.
“The Chinese government, as well as the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, have always encouraged and urged the 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,” the statement reads.
The Chinese Embassy added that it rejects any intention or action that would smear our cooperation.
Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare