Daily Trust (Abuja)

3 August 2012

Nigeria: Bakassi Killings - Rep Wants UN to Call Cameroon to Order

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Bakassi indegenes in protest

Calabar — A House of Representatives member from Cross River State, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, has raised alarm that Nigerians eking out a living are being killed and maimed in the disputed Bakassi territory every day, saying the United Nations and other concerned authorities should urgently intervene.

She raised the alarm at the first international symposium on Save Bakassi organized yesterday to further raise awareness on the plight of the people in order for the International Court of Justice verdict to be revisited.

"It is important that concerned authorities as well as the United Nations should now show concern at what the Cameroonian army and gendarmes are meting out to Nigerians at the disputed territory. Every day they are maiming and killing Nigerians who are still living and making a living from the waters," she said.

Cameroon authorities, according to her, are also forcing Nigerians in that territory to not only change their names, but to carry the Cameroonian flags and wear their symbols while those not willing are clamped into Cameroonian cells and tortured.

"As I speak to you now, there are many Nigerians languishing in many cells in Cameroon because of no offence of theirs.

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