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.

VIDEO: Bakassi Militants Ask NDA To Stop Bombings

Bakassi militantsA group of militants in Akwa-Cross Region under the umbrella of Bakassi Strike Force, have condemned in totality the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers in blowing up pipelines.

The Bakassi militants group says these attacks have a retrogressive effect on the economy of Nigeria.

Leader of the group, Simple Benjamin who was speaking at Esuk Mba, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State said that the Federal Government should listen to the agitations of the Niger Delta Avengers.

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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.

The Niger Delta Avengers on Friday said that it has bombed yet another crude oil pipeline belonging to Agip ENI in Bayelsa State, Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

An explosion also rocked a pipeline operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) at Sanomi Creek, in Warri, Delta State on Thursday evening but nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast.

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The Niger Delta Avengers, which has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks, on Wednesday, rejected an offer to dialogue with the Nigerian government.

Nigeria’s oil output has fallen to a 20-year low due to a series of attacks on oil pipelines in the southern Niger Delta, home to much of the country’s oil and gas wealth, in the last few months.

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.