Clark, others call on fed govt to protect Bakassi citizens

Former Minister of Information, Edwin Clark and other leaders from the Niger Delta region have called on the Federal Government to take more serious steps to protect the lives of Nigerian citizens in Bakassi.
They made this known on the platform of the pan Niger Delta forum, seeking the establishment of a presidential commission to protect Nigerians still living in Bakassi.
The group also decried the non-ratification of the green tree agreement which according to them, has the ability, if implemented, to protect Nigerians who chose to remain in Bakassi.
The appeal is coming few days after hundreds of Bakassi indigenes were chased out of Cameroon with many of them feared dead.
Those of them who made it to Ikang in Cross River State on Thursday arrived with tales of suffering and despair.
They were among those that chose to remain in Old Bakassi after the International Court of Justice ceded the oil-rich peninsula to Cameroon in 2002.
Meanwhile in March, the Federal Government had announced plans to resettle the IDPs from Bakassi as they described the ceding as a national loss.
The announcement was made by the Commissioner, Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajia Sadiya Farauk, at the Cross River state Government House in Calabar, the state capital.

Posted on July 11, 2017

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