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Nigeria Will Not Appeal Bakassi Ruling

Locals fish at sunset in the  creeks of the oil rich Bakassi Peninsula, August 11, 2006.
Locals fish at sunset in the creeks of the oil rich Bakassi Peninsula, August 11, 2006.
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Nigeria says it will not appeal an international court ruling that gave a disputed peninsula, potentially rich in oil, to Cameroon.

Nigerian Attorney General Mohammed Bello Adoke said Tuesday that his country will not challenge the 2002 ruling by the International Court of Justice regarding the Bakassi peninsula.

Adoke said Nigeria might instead try to buy the territory back from Cameroon.

The 10-year statute of limitations on the ruling expires Wednesday, so residents of Bakassi who consider themselves Nigerian have been increasing pressure for an appeal.

Bakassi is considered a good fishing area and is thought to have large reserves of oil and natural gas.

Nigeria formally handed over the peninsula to Cameroon in 2008.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 11, 2012 11:38 AM
Nigeria's is a government of corruption. If Bakassi was a firm whose sale or buy back could yield some returns to the negotiators and swell their bank account, it would not take the powers at Abuja a persuasion to dive into it headlong. Now that Bakassi people are crying foul to the inhuman treatment they receive from Cameroonians, the authorities in the country look the other way. Buy back is to engage an equally corrupt Cameroon to swindle the country. Any way up, please no time should be wasted to restore hope to those people out there roasting under Cameroonian Gendarme's inhuman treatment. The less costly way should have been to invoke the Bakassi people's right of choice and self determination to belong to either Cameroon of Nigeria.

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