Members of the Joint Technical team comprising United Nations, Nigerian and Cameroonian officials on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit on the Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area, Dr. Ekpo Bassey, in Ikang, to intimate him of their mission.
But the demonstrators who carried placards with descriptions including ‘United Nations leave Bakassi’, ‘Bakassians are Nigerians and not Cameroonians’, ‘Bakassi has the inalienable right to self determination’, prevented the team from moving to the Peninsular for the exercise.
The leader of the youths, Mr. Augustine Iwara, in an interview with our correspondent, condemned the United Nations and the Federal Government of Nigeria for treating the people of Bakassi with much contempt and scorn.
He said it was surprising that the demarcation exercise was being undertaken despite the case filed by the people of Bakassi asserting their right to self determination in accordance with international law.
He called on the United Nations to, as a matter of urgency, conduct a referendum to enable the people of Bakassi to decide where they want to belong.
Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area, Dr. Ekpo Bassey, tried to calm the youths and advised them not to be violent in their agitation.
The Director, International Boundary Commission, who was the leader of Nigeria delegation, Mr. Sani Isamni, called off the demarcation exercise, saying the six-man team would communicate back to the council after discussion with the Nigerian government.