Reps investigate alleged killing of Nigerians in Bakassi

The House of Representatives is to investigate the alleged killing of Nigerians in Bakassi Peninsula ceded to the Republic of Cameroun in 2004.

This followed a motion under ‘matters of urgent public importance’ presented before the House on Thursday, Mr. Babatubde Kolawole from Ondo State.

Mr. Kolawole who expressed concern over the alleged killing of ninety seven Nigerians living in the area by the Cameroonian gendarmes due to their inability to pay a N100, 000 levy on each fishing boat.

“We can’t sit and watch as a people’s parliament while the lives of our citizens are wasted with impunity. If nothing is done to stop this ugly development, the lives of other Nigerians would be at stake as the gendarmes may continue to kill them at will without the fear of recriminations,” Mr, Kolawole added.

Members were unanimous that the Cameroonian authorities had failed to respect the Green Tree Agreement signed to protect Nigerians who decided to live in the ceded peninsula.

Members also recalled that besides the recent murder of Nigerians, there were reports of harassment, rape and killings of Nigerians perpetrated by the Cameroonian security over the years.

The move is part of efforts to curtail the reported killings and harassment of Nigerians, most of whom were fishermen and their families, by the Cameroonian gendarmes.

In her contribution, Mrs. Nnenna Ukeje, Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,  tasked with the responsibility of investigating the matter, called for restraint pending the outcome of the investigation.