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Militant leader gives Buhari conditions to stop attacks

18 October 2016, 16:08

Bayelsa - Notorious militant and leader of the Bakassi Strike Force (BSF) in Cross River state, who goes by the name Benjamin, has given his conditions for the group to stop their activities in their stronghold, New Telegraph reports.

G1, Benjamin, on Monday, October 17, 2016, said his group would continue to fight for the people of Bakassi until the Greentree Agreement is observed by all the parties involved.

Apart from this, he said the military must be withdrawn from Bakassi local government area.

The Greentree Agreement was the formal treaty which resolved the Cameroon-Nigeria border dispute concerning the Bakassi peninsula.

In the agreement reached on June 12, 2006, Olusegun Obasanjo, then Nigerian president as well as the Cameroonian President Paul Biya, signed for the withdrawal of troops and transfer of authority in the Peninsula. 

The agreement was that the Nigerian troops would be withdrawn within 60 days but allowed for a possible 30-day extension while Nigeria was allowed to keep its civil administration and police in Bakassi for another two years.

But Benjamin, wanted by the Army in connection with alleged criminal activities as well as the killing of a soldier in September, thinks this agreement was not honoured.

He argued that Bakassi was ceded to Cameroun without consideration to human rights provisions and what the people of the area want.

This is coming few days after The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDJM, blew up another Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, delivery line in Delta State.

The group in a statement by self styled Gen Aldo Agbalaja, said: “As a mark of our commitment to a just course and to prove to the wicked and ungrateful multinational oil companies and their Nigerian military allies, who have been forcefully taking our natural endowment, without any visible returns, that we own our lands, the Opudo Strike Team of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, at about 01. 00 hour today, 29th Sept 2016, bombed the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in ughelli south/north respectively operated by NPDC.”

The militants had earlier in the month attacked oil delivery line belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company crossing Afiesere-Iwhrenene communities in Delta State according to News24.

- News 24


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