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The Nigeria Bar Association NBA, today gave the federal government two weeks
ultimatum to either seek a review of the International Court of Justice ICJ judgment
which ceded the oil rich Bakassi Peninsula to the Republic of Cameroon or face legal
The out-gone President of the NBA Mr. Joseph Dawodu SAN read the statement which was
part of the communique from the NBA conference that ended in Abuja today. Mr. Dawodu
said “the NBA believes that the homeland of the Bakassi people was taken from them
without due consideration for their rights. And in light of prevailing
circumstances, the bar is giving the federal government of Nigeria two weeks to seek
a review of the ICJ judgment” or face legal action.
In a related reaction, the Chairman of the NBA Ikeja Branch, Bar. Onyekachi Ubani
who was also at the conference told crossriverwatch that the NBA had to take that
position because of “the precarious position and persistent abuse of the Bakassi
peoples’ rights by both Nigeria and Cameroon. The ICJ judgment did not take into
consideration the right of Bakassi people to decide where to live. It didn’t
consider their historical and cultural background. And in view of prevailing
circumstances where Cameroon has been breaching the Green Tree Agreement, the Bar
feels Nigeria must seek a review of that judgment or the NBA will be constrained to
go to court “.
Ubani also assured that the incoming national executives of the Bar adopted the
position and they all signed the communique.
In a swift reaction the State Government through the Chairman, Cross River State Law
Reform Commission, Chief Kyrien Kekung-Asu told crossriverwatch that “the state
government adopts fully the position of the NBA. There are several underlying
historical facts about the Bakassi matter that still require interpretation by our
own courts. There was also an impending court injunction baring former President
Obasanjo from implementing the ICJ judgment which he disregarded. We from this end
had already been planning to go to court and pray the court to rely on documents in
our possession to declare Southern Cameroon independent in line with previous
agreements that are still binding”.
An International Court of Justice ICJ, judgment had in October 2002 ceded the oil
rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon and the Nigerian government as well as the Cross
River State Government have failed to adequately resettle communities that were
displaced by the ICJ judgment.
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