2 August 2012

Nigeria: Presidential Committee Meets Bakassi Monarch

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Bakassi indegenes in protest

Calabar — A presidential committee has met with the paramount ruler of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Dr Etim Okon Edet, over the threat by Bakassi youths to unleash mayhem on federal structures in his domain, Special Adviser to Governor Liyel Imoke on Media, Christian Ita has said. Ita said the team met with the traditional ruler as part of efforts to ensure that the Bakassi youths do not carry out their threat.

The traditional ruler, who is also chairman of the Cross River State traditional rulers' council, told Daily Trust that the committee met with him, and asked what the people want from the Federal Government. The monarch did not mention the leader of the delegation, but said that he had no doubt that they came from the Presidency.

Edet said he expressed unhappiness over the fact that members of the committee feigned ignorance of the peoples demands.

He said the meeting did not arrive at a resolution so the team returned to Abuja with a promise to repeat the visit.

It would be recalled that over a week ago, the monarch addressed newsmen on the plight of Bakassi people, ten years after the ceding of the peninsular, lamenting that neither the UN nor the Federal Government has redeemed promises they made to his people, as a result of which he said he could no longer guarantee peace and safety in his domain.

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