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Bakassi Strike Force New militant group asks FG to take back Bakassi

The militant group also accused the government of not carrying them along when it ceded Bakassi to Cameroon.

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A new militant group representing Akwa-Ibom and Cross River  states, Bakassi Strike Force (BSF) has called on the Federal Government to reclaim the Bakassi Peninsula.

The militant group also accused the government of not carrying them along when it ceded Bakassi to Cameroon.

BSF called on the Niger Delta Avengers to stop bombing pipelines and give peace a chance.

Punch reports that the group’s leader, General Simply aka Humble Lion, in a statement said  “The Bakassi Strike Force is an indigenous group made up of youths from Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, totalling 642 foot soldiers.

"You will agree with me that Akwa Ibom and Cross River states are part of the Niger Delta region, yet we have been completely sidelined from the amnesty scheme and other empowerment programmes for the youth of the area.

“Yet it will interest you to note that it is in Obubra, Cross River State that the team of Niger Delta militants was hosted, when states such as Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Edo and Ondo refused to host the rehabilitation camp for the militants.

“Again, the Federal Government took away our oil rich Bakassi from us and handed over to Cameroon. We as indigenes and habitants were not consulted before this was done, neither were there any constitutional resettlement process initiated for the displaced persons.

“To make matters worse, after taking over our land, the Cameroonian forces began to harass and molest our people. They even levied us with heavy taxes which became entirely unbearable.

“Therefore, when it became obvious after several petitions that the federal and state governments were not ready to protect us and even the United Nations, we invited our Ijaw brothers who were already in the arms struggle to resist the Cameroonian operatives, but unfortunately, they embraced Federal Government amnesty programme when it was offered and abandoned us.

“As indigenous youths, we have no other option than rise to defend and defend ourselves from the operations and injustice from the Cameroonian forces. The Federal Government should reclaim Bakassi from Cameroon.”

The  International Court of Justice (ICJ) ceded the oil-rich Island of Bakassi to Cameroon on October 10, 2002.

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