16 August, 2012
WITH tension mounting in Bakassi Peninsula over the recent declaration of self independence, large number of Nigerian soldiers have been noticed
in Ikang community, the last Nigerian
border town to Cameroun in Cross River
At Ikang, the large number of soldiers
was seen maintaining tight security on
the Nigerian side but details of their
operations were not given. But the Army Public Relations officer, Captain Joseph James, said Nigerian soldiers have always been at Ikang, so noticing their presence was not new and had nothing to do with the Bakassi issue.
He said for quite some time now oil
bunkerers have been operating at the
Ikang area and only recently soldiers
destroyed over 660 drums in the area. As a result of this, he said there was need to beef up security in the area to check activities of oil bunkering and other criminal activities.
Since the final handover of Bakassi to
Cameroun in 2008, Nigerian soldiers in
the Peninsula and Ikang had pulled out
completely but last year few soldiers
had returned and with the recent build
up, more of them were on ground at the community. On Tuesday, some officers from the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army were in town holding meetings with some top government officials in the state under tight security and it was speculated that their presence may not be unconnected with current threats by the Bakassi Self Determination Front (BSDF) to attack Cameroun in the peninsula and the build of arms by Cameroun in the peninsula.
Reports posted online in one of the social media, Facebook, the Commander General of the BSDF stated that militants are in high spirit singing, “home my home o my home, when shall I see my home, when shall I see my native land, I will never forget my home!”