Following the recent protest in Calabar by Bakassi
aborigines over their plight, the Cross River State
House of Assembly has passed a motion urging the
National Assembly not to ratify the Green-Tree
Agreement that ceded Bakassi to the Republic of
This is in order not to foreclose the right of the
people to appeal the International Court of Justice
The decision of the house was contained in a seven
point resolution which was unanimously adopted by
the 25 members of the house in a motion for matter
of urgent public interest moved by member
representing Boki II, Hon Jacob Otu Enya and
seconded by Hon. Saviour Nyong of Bakassi
The House also called on The National Assembly to
conduct a public hearing to determine issues
surrounding the ceding of Bakassi.
It further asked that the Federal Government should
find a lasting political solution to all issues regarding
the disputed area.
It urged the Federal Government to immediately
design and implement a realistic compensation
welfare package for the displaced people of the area.
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“Don’t Ratify Agreement ceding Bakassi to
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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According to them, Cross River State and Bakassi
Local Government Area should be compensated for
the loss of the ceded area.
On behalf of the people of Bakassi, the house
urged Cross River State Government, to appeal
against the ICJ judgment in line with the provision of
the United Nations conventions article 63 which
provides for appeal to any matter ten years after
The house also wants a proactive measure to be adopted by the state government to arrest
any situation of unrest that may arise sequel to the ceding process.