Amb. Abbas Salahedine, Cameroon’s High Commissioner, has been called on by Nigeria to tell them why there have been reports that the Cameroonian Gendarmes are maltreating and killing Nigerians in the Bakassi Peninsula.
Mrs Jane Adams, Foreign Affairs ministry’s Spokesperson, expressed horror and dread concerning the incident.
She said that Nigerian citizens in Bakassi were said to have been victims of harassment and also for supposedly not paying taxes on thier fishing operations.
“The ministry has instructed the Nigerian Missions in Yaounde and Buea, to investigate the report with a view to confirming their veracity and inform Headquarters immediately.
“The ministry appeals to the Cameroonian authorities to exercise their duty of care and protection over the people of Bakassi, including other Nigerian citizens in the area,” she said.
Not less than 97 Nigerians had been killed, according to reports given to the Nigeria government, as Cameroon Gendarmes allegedly attacked those residing in Bakassi over failure to pay a N100,000 boat levy.
According to the reports, the attackers majorly sacked Nigerians from Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Ondo states.
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However, some otheres were able to escape in the middle of the night with their fishing boats and had gotten to Ikang in Bakassi and Ibaka in Akwa Ibom.
The murder and eviction of Nigerians in former Bakassi is said to be a breach of the 2005 Green Tree Agreement (GTA) by the Nigeria-Cameroon Mixed Commission.
The Agreement designated that those returning from the Bakassi must be settled adequately to their natural habitat so that they can have a meaningful living.
The GTA also states that Nigerians who choose to remain in Cameroon can do so without being molested.
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