Cameroonians soldiers are reported to have started harassing Nigerians in the Gulf of Guinea, popularly known as the Bakassi area. Apparently due to the absense of the Niger Delta Militants that once used to protect the local residents.
The soldiers have killed six Nigerians in Bakassi territorial waters 10 days after the militants surrendered their weapons and left the creeks of Bakassi peninsula.
Frank Dudu, one of the leaders of the militant groups that turned in their arms on September 25 at the headquarters of Bakassi Local Government Area, revealed that the Nigerians, made up of fishermen and businessmen, were killed in an unprovoked attack.
He said intelligence reports reaching him from remnants of Bakassi Salvation Front and Bakassi Freedom Fighters still holding forth at the creeks indicate that some Nigerians were killed in the high seas of the peninsula on Thursday following a raid carried out by the gendarmes.
The reports said the gendarmes on a routine patrol of the island swooped on the Nigerians at Abana and Atabong areas of the peninsula which are one and half hours boat ride from Ikang near Akpabuyo Local Government Area. Ikang is the headquarters of the new Bakassi Local Government.
Shortly after killing the Nigerians, the soldiers took off but not without warning other Nigerians to stay off their (Cameroon) territory following the ceding of the oil-rich island to the Republic of Cameroon based on the World Court judgment of October 10, 2002. Nigeria’s sovereignty over Bakassi faded into history on August 14, 2008.
Mr. Dudu denied that they were using the shooting incident as an excuse to go back, saying that having surrendered their arms under the terms of the amnesty, they can not take up arms again.
He advised the Nigerian government to investigate the Thursday incident as they were not making unfounded allegation against Cameroon adding that ever since they vacated the creeks, the Nigerian navy and other security operatives have not bothered to patrol the island leaving Nigerians still living at Abana,
It was reported that after killing the six Nigerians, the soldiers took away their money, fish, and other valuables.