Bakassi: Tension as Nigeria, Cameroon panel resumes border demarcation

By Joseph Kingston

There is tension in Danare and Biajua communities in Boki local government area of Cross River state as Nigeria/Cameroon Mixed Commission, under the auspices of the United Nations, yesterday resumed the demarcation of the boundary between the two countries in that axis.
Members of the two communities led by a community leader, Mr. Cletus Obun, had raised alarm that “troops of Nigerian soldiers are now, since 9am forcing protesting youths in the border communities of Biajua and Danare to accept the ceding of parts of the LGA to Cameroon via the use of wrong map and voided treaty of the League of Nations.”

The Nigeria/ Cameroon Mixed Commission was established to ensure a peaceful resolution of the Nigeria/Cameroon boundaries, arising from the International Court of Justice judgement which, in 1002, ceded Bakassi to the Central African country.
But in a sharp reaction, the Cross River state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Atta Ochinke, said Nigeria or Cameroon was not losing any territory.

He said: “the demarcation that is going on there is to reestablish Anglo German boundary line which the World Court adopted as the boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon. It is not a new line and it is not cutting any territory of Nigeria into Cameroon. The action now is not demarcating any new territory, but re-establishing a boundary line that has existed for over a hundred years.
“The communities there are expressing anxiety because these are communities that are virtually right on the boundary line. The communities both on the Nigerian and Cameroon side are actually one community, one people and they have very little respect to the boundary line in the way they live their life.”