Another militant group demands reclamation of Bakassi

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Bakassi-militants-576x330Another crisis may be brewing in the ever restive
Niger Delta, as militants numbering over 600,
Friday, demanded that the Federal Government
reclaim the ceded Bakassi Peninsular from
The militant group, known as Bakassi Strike
Force, aka Esighi Group, said apart from not
being carried along before, during and after the
ceding process, the indigenes of Bakassi have
been neglected by the Federal Government and
other local and international stakeholders.
They condemned the activities of the Niger Delta
Avengers in blowing up pipelines, asserting, that
these attacks have a retrogressive effect on the
economy of Nigeria.
The group however called on the Federal
Government to listen to the agitations of the
Avengers, adding, that there is no struggle
without a reason
The group which said they would be ready to
embrace dialogue with the federal government if
amnesty was extended to them, insisted that the
federal government sidelined the people of Cross
River and Akwa Ibom states in the amnesty
The leader of the group, known as General
Simply, aka Humble Lion, who read from a
prepared speech, said, “The Bakassi Strike Force
is an indigenous group made up of youths from
Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, totaling 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
“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
“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,” Simply

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