Some aggrieved Nigerians in the Bakassi peninsula, who were forcefully ejected from their settlements by Cameroonian authorities, have protested alleged abduction of four community leaders by Cameroonian Gendarmes.
The spokeman of Addressing Journalists yesterday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital,
The National and International Coordinator, Bakassi IDPS and Liaison Officer, Prince Aston Inyang, stated this while addressing journalists in Uyo on Thursday.
He alleged that the Nigerian returnees have been subjected to untold hardship by Cameroonian government.
Inyang lamented that the crises reached an all time high when four community leaders were captured and taken to unknown destination for the past two weeks.
He listed the names of the abductors to include Bassey Utong, Ndung Ekpenyong, Joseph Isang and Asukwo Atteh.
“They were arrested over 12 days ago, and till date, nobody knows their whereabouts”, Inyang said.
Inyang called on Federal Government, State Government and other relevant authorities to intervene with a view to rescuing the seized community leaders alive.
According to Inyang, the Divisional Officer (DO) in-charge of Idabatu station in Cameroon were demanding for N594,000 to free the abductors.
He added that, “their crayfish, fish and other seafoods were forcefully seized from them at Abunja area of Cameroon.
He lamented that some natural boundaries have been falsified and Nigerian territories.
He explained that Ataobong community have been renamed to bear Cameroonian names, while local Nigerian chiefs were replaced by Cameroonians.
“Forceful eviction of Nigerians from their areas, extortion monies in form of taxes and other inhuman treatments, had compelled them to report the matter to the United Nations (UN) and the Nigerian government but to no avail.
“We have reveal that the four chiefs were first detained at the Diamond security station and later taken to Abana, which is now renamed Jabanne and finally transferred to Mudemba, the headquarters of Ndian Division.
“Nigerians from Bakassi peninsula had cried out about one month ago over forceful eviction by the Cameroonian authorities for unwarranted taxation and levies.
“As a people with large families, they were gathered at Ikang, in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River, as well as Esuk Enwang in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom without any emergency attention given to us”, he lamented.