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New militant group Bakassi Strike Force threatens violence

11 June 2016, 11:30

Abuja - A new militant group known as Bakassi Strike Force has reportedly urged the federal government to reclaim the ceded Bakassi Peninsular from Cameroon.

Reports on Saturday indicated that the group, made up of over 600 militants, claimed that the indigenes in Bakassi had been neglected by the federal government and other local and international stakeholders.

The Sun reported that the group, also known as Esighi, carried heavy and sophisticated weapons on boats and later marched from Bakassi to Esuk-Mba.

The group made this demand last Friday in Bakassi.

A Punch report said that the group brandished machine gun and rocket launchers, among others. 

It admitted that it would embrace amnesty if extended to them, with its leader, General Simply, also known as Humble Lion saying:

"…the Federal Government took away our oil rich Bakassi from us and handed it over to Cameroon. We, as indigenes and habitants, were not consulted before this was done; neither was there any constitutional resettlement process initiated for the displaced persons.

"To make matters worse, after taking over our land, the Cameroonian forces began to harass and molest our people. They even levied us with heavy taxes which became entirely unbearable."

- News24 Nigeria


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