The Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned Cameroon’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Abbas Salahedine, to give explanations on the alleged maltreatment and killing of Nigerians in the Bakassi Peninsula by Cameroonian Gendarmes
The ministry through it’s acting spokesperson, Mrs Jane Adams, expressed dismay over the incident which was said to have been occasioned by alleged non-payment of taxes on fishing activities.
“The ministry has instructed the Nigerian Missions in Yaounde and Buea, to investigate the report with a view to confirming their veracity and inform headquarters immediately.
“The ministry appeals to the Cameroonian authorities to exercise their duty of care and protection over the people of Bakassi, including other Nigerian citizens in the area,” the statement said.
A report on Friday had stated that no fewer than 97 Nigerians were killed as Cameroon Gendarmes allegedly attacked residents of Bakassi over failure to pay a N100,000 boat levy.
Meanwhile, the people were rot at the Federal Government for not intervening despite their lives been in the deck.
Director General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has said the Governor is planning a new Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp for the Bakassi people. He added that, they are carrying foods and other needed materials to the people from Calabar, and expressed gratitude urging the people to keep their calms for they’ll gain eternal freedom soon.