17 missing, 1,900 displaced as gendarmes attack Bakassi village

By The Citizen

Seventeen people are missing even as 1,900 refuges are camped at the St Mark  Primary School, Eyo Edem in Akpabuyo Local Government Area  of Cross River State.

Senator Florence Ita Giwa who visited the refugee camp which has witnessed three births by yesterday, said the people were those attacked by the Cameroonian gendarmes in their village, Efut Obot Ikot.

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.'

Bemoaning the  squalid condition under which the people are living in the camp, Senator Giwa said the international community had not been fair to the Bakassi people who she said did not cause the situation they now find themselves due to  the call by the Nigeria  government which obeyed the International Court of Justice ruilng that they should remain in their ancestral  land and singned 'The Green Tree Agreement with Cameroon

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.'