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Senate excoriates FG, authorizes probe into death of 97 Nigerians in Bakassi

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Weeks after 97 Nigerians were reportedly killed by Cameroonian gendarmes in Bakassi Peninsula, the Senate has commenced moves to probe the circumstances surrounding the attack.

The upper chamber has also called on the Federal Government to come up with a clear policy to protect her citizens living outside of the shores of the country.

Similarly, the Red Chamber wants Cameroonian Government to respect the provisions of the Green Tree Agreement (GTA) signed between both countries on the 12th of June, 2006.

The GTA pact signified the withdrawal of Nigerian troops and the ceding of Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.

The position of the Senate, followed a motion sponsored by Rose Oko who is representing Cross River North Senatorial District. She called the attention of her colleagues to the plight of Nigerians who she said had become foreigners in their own ancestral land in the hands of Cameroonian gendarmes.

Few weeks ago, about 97 Nigerians were feared to have been killed in a wave of attacks by Cameroonian gendarmes over failure to pay a levy of N100,000 for boat and fishing rights.

Many of the victims of the attacks were from Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Ondo States.

Oko called on the Senate to investigate the cause of the flght which resulted in the death of Nigerian citizens, pointing out that the action of Cameroonian authorities clearly violated agreement article 3(2) e and f of the GTA.

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Oko said: “I am alarmed at growing discriminatory treatment of Nigerians in Diaspora often leading to deaths as has been the case in South Africa and indeed the Cameroons since the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula.

“Indeed, Nigerians in Diaspora in the Bakassi had suffered attacks leading to death on several occasions in the past.

“If the Nigerian government does not come up with a definite policy of protecting its citizens, Nigerians in Diaspora especially in Africa and other regions will continue to witness growing xenophobic attacks, killings and harassments.”

Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio said the Federal Government has failed its citizens living in Bakassi peninsula.

He bemoaned the manner with which the Nigerian Government treats the issues of her citizens living in Bakassi area.

The Senate after the debate, ordered its committee on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs to immediately open investigation on the matter and report back in two weeks.

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  1. JOHNSON PETER

    July 27, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    We urge the Nigerian citizens in Bakassi to come join we the Biafrans because federal government has no plans for them but we the Biafra will cater for them

    • Anita Kingsley

      July 28, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Thanks for informing them, I was about to say the same thing. Biafra isbthe best place for them to be as Nigerian federal government don’t care about their existence.

  2. yanju omotodun

    July 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    The truth is that, is it compulsory for Nigerians to be domiciling in bakasi peninsula? They should evacuate the place and stop begging for sympathy after all the place belong to Cameroon by law

    • seyi jelili

      July 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Thank God you said by law but by nature, the lands belong to Nigeria and we are still going to re-look into the case at the ICJ and get back our land rich in oil.
      Yakubu Gowon is the root cause of this nonsense

  3. vincentumenyiora

    July 28, 2017 at 12:47 am

    You’re advised to read the solution offered in my new publication titled: A WAKE UP CALL! to Africans .. …” Course the State Assemblies have to go through the recommendations this is where we shall know what or who really understands what is happening in Nigeria and why! So, far good that the Senate disagrees with the Lower House on this matter, folks! Try and get a copy of the publication on google or Amazon!

    • seyi jelili

      July 28, 2017 at 3:41 am

      Alright

  4. Animashaun Ayodeji

    July 28, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Seriously the 8th senate will always be remembered for good. The red chamber is always having the back of every citizens and doing more things that favours is.

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