The House of Representatives Committee on Justice has invited the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) to explain the government’s plan for Nigerians still residing in the disputed Bakassi Peninsula.
The federal law maker representing Bakassi in the House, Representative Nkoyo Toyo, had drawn attention of the committee to the zero allocation made to cater for Nigerians in the peninsula.
Solicitor General of the Federation, Abdullahi Yola, who represented the minister was however not able to speak on the matter.
Yola led other officials from agencies under the ministry, to defend the 2013 budget proposal of the ministry.
The lawmakers insisted on knowing the plans made by the ministry for the citizens of Nigeria still residing in the ceded Bakassi Peninsula, claiming the government is still responsible for them.
The lawmakers expressed their displeasure over the inability of the minister to appear before them to provide them with firsthand information of the ministry’s plans.
The meeting was postponed to a later day in the week, when the minister will be available to make known the plans of the ministry to the lawmakers.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2002 passed a judgment ceding Bakassi to Cameroun following the dispute between Nigeria and Cameroun on the area.