Bakassi Ceding Ungodly, Unconstitutional – Ayade Insists

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Governor Ayade on board NNS Centenery along with the CNS to his right and the deputy governor to his right
Governor Ayade on board NNS Centenery along with the CNS to his right and the deputy governor to his left

Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has again described the ceding of the oil rich Bakassi Peninsula by the Federal Government to the Republic of Cameroon as the most unconstitutional and most ungodly act in recent times.

Ayade, who expressed this when he received the Chief of Naval Staff, Real Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas, on a courtesy visit to Government House, Calabar, recalled: “We have a very big challenge. The ceding of Bakassi was the most unconstitutional and most ungodly act. Given the way and manner it was done the state is still hurt.”‎

Describing it as a social injustice “that has left us with a scar”, he said “the people of Bakassi are living with an emotional and psychological scar as a result of the loss of their ancestral home. The ceding was done without a plebiscite, without a referendum which the people feel was a moral injustice.

“It has created a security tension, it has also created a crisis situation which rests on your shoulders to ensure that you put them under control in keeping with the presidential mandate of sanitizing the waterways.

“I urge you to explore possible social and military actions that need to be taken in order to restore peace in the Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Odukpani axis of the maritime domain.”

On the issue of the disputed 76 oil wells that were transferred to Akwa Ibom State, Governor Ayade quipped: “It is a very sad news to report to you that the principle of the doctrine of changing circumstance which is a maritime principle in delineation of maritime boundary was grossly abused in the way and manner that the boundary between Cross River, Cameroun and Akwa Ibom was done. It was done in such a way that the maritime boundary is on a moving structure which is on top of water. Within the International Maritime Law, it is totally unacceptable.

“So given the way and manner that the map is constructed, it puts us as a landlocked state. Unfortunately, in jurisprudence, there is no way you can claim that the state is landlocked when the inhabitants can go from Creek Town in Odukpani in their boat and end up in the high sea, where the oil activities within the wells that have been excluded from the state have accumulated impact by oil migration to these areas affecting the aquaculture, farming life of our people.

“Therefore, within the bounds of morality and law, it is totally inexcusable to establish that Cross River State is landlocked and a non littoral state.”

Querying the decision further, he said: “How can it (Cross River) not be a littoral state if I could sit in the office of the Governor and I can see a large waterfront in front of me? Given the nexus of connectivity between my personal residence and the high sea, it is grave injustice, it is such abuse of law, it is such abuse of logic and I believe in the words of Oputa JSC, who said the Supreme Court is final not because they are infallible but they are infallible because they are final.”

He said it would not be out of place should the Supreme Court reverse itself on the matter.

Earlier, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas, said he was on inspection of units and departments under his command following directives from President Muhammedu Buhari that maritime security and sanity be returned within the Eastern waterways of the country, explaining that the presence of a new naval ship, NNS Centenary in Calabar and another in Port Harcourt were to take on that responsibility.

Ibas disclosed that Calabar is the second largest host of the Navy after Lagos, noting that it has adequate infrastructure and personnel to deliver on the President’s mandate.

The Naval Chief said Cross River State Government has always supported the Navy since its inception, disclosing that they intend to commission a five-star naval hospital in Calabar, revive the 10-year- old Nigerian Youth Soccer Academy with the cooperation of the state as well as settle a dispute over the ownership of a guest house.

Governor Ayade and Brigade Commander, 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sanni Mohammed
Governor Ayade and Brigade Commander, 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sanni Mohammed

The governor had earlier in the day played host to the Brigade Commander, 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sanni Mohammed and the State Commandant, Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Clement Adesuyi Dayo, where he restated the need to reinforce security in the state following the influx of miscreants from other states as their activities within the Odukpani, Akpabuyo, Bakassi have negative impact on the peaceful nature of the state.‎

Governor Ayade and the State Commandant, Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Clement Adesuyi Dayo
Governor Ayade and the State Commandant, Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Clement Adesuyi Dayo

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One commentOn Bakassi Ceding Ungodly, Unconstitutional – Ayade Insists

  • dear all
    it is with a heavy heart that i write this…would someone who knows ayade sit him down and explain to him – what is, and what may, as it concerns bakassi…i am very impressed with his keeping the issue on the front pages, but some of his claims show a porous knowledge of what is at stake…

    1. ayade stated “It is a very sad news to report to you that the principle of the doctrine of changing circumstance which is a maritime principle in delineation of maritime boundary was grossly abused in the way and manner that the boundary between Cross River, Cameroun and Akwa Ibom was done. It was done in such a way that the maritime boundary is on a moving structure which is on top of water”…

    i stand/ beg to be corrected, the maritime boundary delineation between nigeria and cameroon is yet to be completed, UNLESS it was completed without my hearing about it! …ayade is confusing the work of the nigeria boundary commission which is not binding on cameroon….to the best of my knowledge, the un sent a team led by a zimbabwean to carry out the maritime boundary and they were driven away…since then, nothing has been done…so where is ayade getting his moving structure maritime boundary from?…does he even have a clue of what he is talking about or is he just posturing?

    2. ayade further stated ‘inhabitants can go from Creek Town in Odukpani in their boat and end up in the high sea, where the oil activities within the wells that have been excluded from the state have accumulated impact by oil migration’…

    please can someone tell ayade that travel up and down the the cross and calabar rivers are well within the nigeria borders and does NOT form the basis of littoral or non landlocked status…it is silly of him to make this argument and he should stop ……

    3.he continued ““How can it (Cross River) not be a littoral state if I could sit in the office of the Governor and I can see a large waterfront in front of me? Given the nexus of connectivity between my personal residence and the high sea”…

    again, what ayade sees from his office is the calabar river…for someone who claims to have read law, ayade should be advised to pick up the two supreme court judgments and the map of cross river state which he rules over to have an idea of where calabar town is located and where his office is…making these spurious statements damages our case…the only basis that cross river state would not be adjudged land locked is the 12 mile wide cross river estuary, located at its southernmost tip, that receives water directly from the atlantic…the islands which ma bakassi has cried should be made the new bakassi lg abuts the atlantic via the estuary…and lies between the akpayafe and cross rivers…

    when ayade boasted of creating a sea port…we know he was not planning one for duke or henshaw towns but one out there on the estuary, which he cannot possibly see from his office…it is that part of cross river state that grants her littoral status…

    he should stop making a fool of himself and possibly damage the crs case…because he would not be in a position to brief an attorney to represent crs, if he believes that the maritime boundary has been completed and that the calabar river grants crs littoral status!!!

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    dear all
    it is with a heavy heart that i write this…would someone who knows ayade sit him down and explain to him – what is, and what may, as it concerns bakassi…i am very impressed with his keeping the issue on the front pages, but some of his claims show a porous knowledge of what is at stake…

    1. ayade stated “It is a very sad news to report to you that the principle of the doctrine of changing circumstance which is a maritime principle in delineation of maritime boundary was grossly abused in the way and manner that the boundary between Cross River, Cameroun and Akwa Ibom was done. It was done in such a way that the maritime boundary is on a moving structure which is on top of water”…

    i stand/ beg to be corrected, the maritime boundary delineation between nigeria and cameroon is yet to be completed, UNLESS it was completed without my hearing about it! …ayade is confusing the work of the nigeria boundary commission which is not binding on cameroon….to the best of my knowledge, the un sent a team led by a zimbabwean to carry out the maritime boundary and they were driven away…since then, nothing has been done…so where is ayade getting his moving structure maritime boundary from?…does he even have a clue of what he is talking about or is he just posturing?

    2. ayade further stated ‘inhabitants can go from Creek Town in Odukpani in their boat and end up in the high sea, where the oil activities within the wells that have been excluded from the state have accumulated impact by oil migration’…

    please can someone tell ayade that travel up and down the the cross and calabar rivers are well within the nigeria borders and does NOT form the basis of littoral or non landlocked status…it is silly of him to make this argument and he should stop ……

    3.he continued ““How can it (Cross River) not be a littoral state if I could sit in the office of the Governor and I can see a large waterfront in front of me? Given the nexus of connectivity between my personal residence and the high sea”…

    again, what ayade sees from his office is the calabar river…for someone who claims to have read law, ayade should be advised to pick up the two supreme court judgments and the map of cross river state which he rules over to have an idea of where calabar town is located and where his office is…making these spurious statements damages our case…the only basis that cross river state would not be adjudged land locked is the 12 mile wide cross river estuary, located at its southernmost tip, that receives water directly from the atlantic…the islands which ma bakassi has cried should be made the new bakassi lg abuts the atlantic via the estuary…and lies between the akpayafe and cross rivers…

    when ayade boasted of creating a sea port…we know he was not planning one for duke or henshaw towns but one out there on the estuary, which he cannot possibly see from his office…it is that part of cross river state that grants her littoral status…

    he should stop making a fool of himself and possibly damage the crs case…because he would not be in a position to brief an attorney to represent crs, if he believes that the maritime boundary has been completed and that the calabar river grants crs littoral status!!!

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