By NOWA OMOIGUI Nowa Omoigui undertakes an historical excursion into the agreements on Bakassi dispute and asserts that the Obong of. Bakassi Peninsula: Cameroon: Consolidation and challenge: with Nigeria over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula came to a head in late and early Bakassi Peninsula. Although “oil-rich” is the modifier placed in front of virtually every mention of the word “Bakassi” in the Nigerian media.

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Further, there is virtually no other economic activity associated with the peninsula beyond fishing and farming. Bakassi – Final Showdown. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government balassi and spokespersons.

It appears that none are producing, and four or five may be dry.

Who Owns Bakassi – Cameroon or Nigeria? –

Among the Nigerian troops and ba,assi fighting for Britain were natives of Nigeria, including some from present Cross- River State. Retrieved 26 April AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing news and information items daily from over African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public.

To address comments or complaints, please Contact us. However, Nigeria never ratified the agreement, while Cameroon regarded it as being in force. It is governed by Cameroonfollowing the transfer of sovereignty from neighbouring Nigeria as a result of a judgment by the International Court of Justice. The Day in Photos.

Bakassi Peninsula

peminsula The territory subsequently became de facto part of Nigeriaalthough the border was never permanently delineated. I must peeninsula say that it is a risky zone so something has to be done to improve their working conditions especially putting up electricity and water because that is essential for their stay,” Bakata says. This makes the Bakassi area penknsula very fertile fishing ground, comparable only to Newfoundland in North America and Scandinavia in Western Europe.

The peninsula, which is rich in natural resources, was a long-time bone of contention between Cameroon and Nigeria until, in Junethe U. Retrieved 18 January Nigeria officially handed Bakassi over to Cameroon in One factor complicating the resolution was the oil that Nigeria has been extracting from Bakassi; under the Greentree Agreement, Nigeria can continue to take out oil provided it keeps paying taxes on it to Cameroon.


It aroused vitriolic comments from Nigerian officials and the Nigerian media alike.

The story of Bakassi peninsula

Tensions rose, and in the early s, Cameroon troops tried to take it back leading to bloody confrontations with Nigerian soldiers. General Gowon was born a few years later. Note too that unlike agreements between metropolitan powers these so called protectorate agreements with African Kingdoms did not have precise definitions of boundaries.

However, documents released by the Cameroonians, in parity with that of the British and Germans, clearly places Bakassi under Cameroonian Territory as a consequence of colonial era Anglo-German agreements.

When it ended, Cameroon created a Bakassi development fund to improve living conditions. Indications have emerged that Nigeria might call for a review of the International Court of Justice ruling which ceded the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon. Office for West Africa, the bxkassi of the identity of the people living in the region should be separate from the determination of sovereignty over the region.

Bakassi Indigenes Demand Resettlement. On November 15,Britain and Germany defined their boundaries in Africa, peninsua by another agreement on March 19, AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing news and information items daily from over African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. Bakassi Self-determination Front, one of the groups leading the agitation for an independent Bakassi state has hoisted the national flag of the proposed country in the oil-rich This was long before General Gowon was born.

Peninsulaa ruling delineates territorial waters offshore for each country.

Sign In Sign Out. This was all conducted between metropolitan powers and they understood what they were doing. Nigeria began to withdraw its forces, comprising some 3, troops, beginning 1 Augustand a ceremony on 14 August marked the formal handover of the northern part of the peninsula. peninxula

Cameroon Takes Control of Bakassi Peninsula –

The government took no action, and handed the final parts of Bakassi over to Cameroon on 14 August as planned, but a Federal High Court had stated this should be delayed until all accommodations for resettled Bakassians had been settled; the government did not seem to plan to peniinsula this court order, [14] and set the necessary mechanisms into motion to override it. Neither the Obong nor his people nor any other native Nigerians protested.


Disclaimer Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of vanguard newspapers or any employee thereof. The Nigerian government did not, however, openly reject the judgment but instead called for an agreement that would provide “peace with honour, with the interest and welfare of our people. Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.

The peninsula is commonly described as “oil-rich”, though in fact no commercially viable deposits peninsila oil have been discovered. On 22 Novemberthe Nigerian Senate passed a resolution declaring that the withdrawal from the Bakassi Peninsula was illegal. Rather, journalists peninsulaa on the sufferings of individuals at the hands of Cameroonian gendarmes and the essential principle of national integrity and indivisibility. Bakassian leaders threatened to seek independence if Nigeria renounced sovereignty.

Nigeria and Cameroon have disputed the possession of Bakassi for some years, leading to considerable tension between the two countries.

Cameroonian on Paper, Nigerian at Heart. The transfer ended decades of dispute, but residents say they still feel conflicted. Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica. He stated, “[t]he identity of a people is not always the same as the identity of the territory they live on.

This has been his business for the past 25 years. VOA Newscasts Latest program. I am a Nigerian. A further summit was held on 31 January Pennisula First World War broke out in It was thought the waters held the promise of fantastic returns on investment, but this has not been borne out.

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