Security Agencies Stage Show Of Force In Bakassi, Akpabuyo

Police, Militants, BakassiService Commanders from the Army, Navy, Mopol and the Air Force have visited Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas of Cross River State to have a first-hand knowledge of the situation on ground.

This is to further buttress the fact that the Local Government Areas are peaceful.

Leading a convoy of the military and paramilitary to both councils in a show of force operation, Police Commissioner, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh disclosed to newsmen that no part of the state has been overtaken by any militant group.

He sued for calm on the part of residents reassuring them that all security agencies in the state remain committed to their safety as there is no cause for alarm.

Meanwhile, some residents who came out at the busy bitch Market in Bakassi to welcome the convoy said that they have had no reason to flee to Cameroon or live in panic.

There had been rumours making the rounds that the militant group, Bakassi Strike Force has taken over the control of Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas of the state.

This, the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh debunked in a chat with Channels Television on Sunday.

Police Say Militants Have Not Taken Over Akpabuyo, Bakassi

Police, Militants, BakassiThe Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh has debunked rumours that the Militant Group, Bakassi Strike Force have taken over the control of Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas of the state.

The CP reacted to the rumours making rounds in an interview with Channels Television at the State Command in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.Niger delta, militants

According to him, the information is false and called on residents to go about their lawful activities without fear as all security operatives are up and doing to ensure the safety of lives and property.

He clearly stated that, the state is calm and free of militant activities.

Bakassi Militants Ask FG To Fulfil Promises Made

Bakassi militantsA militant group, Bakassi Strike Force, has asked the Federal Government to fulfil promises made to the displaced people of Bakassi.

The Bakassi Strike Force is another group in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, comprising indigenes of the Bakassi whose homeland was ceded to Cameroon.

The group, which constitutes youths from Akwa Ibom and Cross River states said government must honour the agreements reached.

They made the appeal in an exclusive interview with Channels Television at the Esuk Mba creek in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.

In an earlier interview, the group had condemned in totality, the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers in blowing up pipelines, saying that the attacks have a retrogressive effect on the economy of Nigeria.Bakassi militants

However, the leader of the group, Simple Benjamin, said that the Federal Government should listen to the agitations of the Niger Delta Avengers.

According to him, there is no struggle without a reason and so, government should adopt the approach of the American Ambassador to Nigeria who is an advocate for dialogue as war alone cannot solve their problems in tackling the issue.

Nigerian Navy Tasks Personnel On Professionalism

Nigerian NavyOfficers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy have been asked to continuously uphold the ethics of professionalism.

As the Nigerian Navy prepares to mark its 60th anniversary in less than a month, the military personnel have been urged to exhibit discipline in their daily routine.

The appeal was made in Cross River State by the newly posted Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole.

Speaking at his maiden official tour on facilities of the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters in Calabar and Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, Rear Admiral Oluwole boasted that the Navy, in its nearly 60 years of existence, has recorded huge successes which must be upheld at all cost.

He promised to build on the legacies his predecessors had left behind, for the betterment of the command throughout his tenure.

The Naval officer also cautioned the personnel of the command against criminal intentions.

He urged the Nigerian Navy to put their mind first on the things that would grow the force and make it outstanding as his tenure would uphold zero tolerance to criminality.

Ports Authority Donates Relief Items To Displaced Bakassi Indigenes

A delegation of management of the Nigerian Ports Authority led by political leader of the displaced people, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, visited the displaced people of Bakassi, who have been forced to take shelter in schools, donating relief materials to them.

The group visited the refugee camp at Saint Marks Nursery and Primary school, Akwa Ikot Eyo Edem in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State with relief materials worth millions of naira to the victims.

While addressing the gathering, Senator Ita-Giwa called on the federal government to hasten the process of rehabilitating the displaced people to a home they can call their own as part of recommendations submitted by the committee it set up to look into their plights.

She assured the people of her continuous cries to the federal government and the international community in ensuring that, a permanent succor comes their way soon.

The NPA representative and Calabar port manager, Mr Musa Wada, disclosed that the gesture to the displaced people is fulfilling part of the authority’s corporate responsibility to provide succor to needy citizens.

He assured of continuous support from the authority and also beckoned on the federal government to take their plight into serious consideration and proffer a permanent solution.

The refugees have been displaced for five months.

Relief materials donated included food items, toiletries, provisions, bedding’s, among others.

Meet Calabar Community That Practices Trade By Barter

Some weeks ago, Channels Television reported on the point of no return in Esuk Mba Community, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State and promised to bring another report on a practice, still in Esuk Mba, traceable to the 18th century which is still in existence.

Part two of the Esuk Mba story, takes us to the trade by Barter Market, where this form of exchange has refused to evolve irrespective of the importance attached to the Nigerian currency note in our contemporary times.

The Esuk Mba trade by barter market was a focal point in Nigeria’s dark era of slave trade which made delivery of about 30 percent of the total slaves shipped out of the country at the ‘point of no return’ through a bush track behind the market.

Many decades after the abolition of slavery, the Esuk Mba Market is still standing and plays host to traders from the neighbouring states and communities who bring in, the proceeds from their farms in exchange of what they do not have, but need at the moment.

Other products exchanged at the market are sea foods like the periwinkle popularly known as ‘Enfee- in efik language, crayfish, fish, fruits and other produce.

The market is a weekly one, it holds every Saturday from 7am and terminates at 10am for the barter section and on a day like this, you can be sure of getting value for what you are exchanging for.

Ambrose Akpanika, an elder statesman and a High Chief of the Calabar Kingdom, traced the root of this practise and its economic stability factor in the Nation’s currency.

Cross River Assures Bakassi Returnees Of Permanent Resettlement

The Cross River State government has frowned at the Cameroonian authority for not living up to their billings in the Green Tree Agreement (GTA) reached between the two countries at The Hague, following the forceful eviction of over a thousand people of the old Bakassi from the ceded area.

It has therefore called on the Federal Government to urgently expedite action in its effort to permanently resettle the people in a location of their choice, once and for all.

The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Efiok Cobham, made the appeal during his visit to the temporary camp where the displaced Bakassi people are in Ikot Eyo Edem, Akpabuyo local government area of the state.

Mr Cobham, expressed his displeasure about the forceful eviction of the Bakassi returnees by armed Cameroonian gendarmes despite the GTA which allows the people the right to choose their resident.

The deputy governor decried the sad development which he recalled happened in 2008.

“As a signatory to the GTA and a member of African brotherhood”, he said, “It is unfair for Cameroonian government to treat fellow African brothers this way.  It is saddening because it is a violation of human right, which they have fallen short of.”

Over 1,000 Bakassi indigenes are currently housed in the temporary camp following the recent eviction.

Pained by the hazards the Bakassi indigenes have been exposed to, Mr Cobham annonced that plans are underway by the state government to temporally move them to a more conducive environment at the Bakassi resettlement camp in Ekpri Ikang, while awaiting a permanent resettlement by the Federal Government.

17 People Missing, Many Displaced In Cross River Refugee Camp

Senator Florence Ita Giwa yesterday confirmed 17 people missing and many displaced at the St Mark Primary School, Eyo Edem in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State where refugees are camped.

Senator Giwa who visited the refugee camp said the people were those attacked by the Cameroonian Gendarmes in Efut Obot Ikot village.

According to her, the people, last month, had to escape, spending several nights in the forest and eventually crossing the Akwa ye Efe River to Akpabuyo where they are presently camped.

She said: “As I speak to you, I cannot believe what the gendarmes did to our people. So many women cannot find their husbands while many children cannot find their mothers. So far, we have counted 17 people who are still missing.”

She further blamed the international community of “keeping quiet” despite Cameroon’s refusal to abide by “The Green Tree Agreement”.

According to her, “our Cameroonian brothers have not respected that agreement and are daily attacking and killing our people and the international community is keeping quiet.”