23 November 2012

Nigeria: Cross River Accuses Cameroon of Human Rights Abuse

Calabar — The Cross River State government has raised alarm over what it described as the increasing spate of human rights abuse against Nigerians at the Nigerian/Cameroon border by persons alleged to be agents of Cameroonian government.

Receiving the joint technical Nigeria/ Cameroon boundary committee, Governor Liyel Imoke, who was represented by his deputy, Efiok Cobham, said there are issues of human rights abuse in the relationship between the two countries which have to be addressed.

Expressing hope that the relationship between Cameroon and Nigeria would continue to be cordial, he enjoined the committee to ensure that it looks into the issue with a view to nipping it in the bud.

He enjoined the two countries to obey the Green Tree Agreement of the International Court of Justice which ruled that Bakassi belongs to Cameroon, while expressing confidence that the committee's assignment of demarcating the boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria, would promote peace and harmony.

Leader of the team, who is the Director of International Boundaries, Sani Mohammed Isa, said his team comprised of representatives of the United Nations, Cameroun and Nigeria, and that their task is to go through the downstream sector of the boundary between the two countries. Isa assured the Cross River State government that the committee would work to promote peace between the two countries.

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