BY Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR—FEDERAL lawmakers from Cross River State and some prominent indigenes of the state will meet the Attorney General and Minister of Justice on Thursday, to submit fresh facts for the appeal against the International Court of Justice judgment, which ceded Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon.
Already the lawmakers had met President Goodluck Jonathan a few weeks ago on the need for the judgment to be challenged, in view of fresh facts at their disposal, as the country still had time to appeal against the judgment before the 10 years expiration date, which will be October 10, 2012.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting in Ikang, Bakassi Local Government Area of the state, yesterday, member representing Bakassi/Calabar South/Akpabuyo federal constituency, Pastor Esien Ayi, said Cross River State Government would have gone to ICJ to file its appeal against the ruling, if it was not the responsibility of the Federal Government to do so.
Ayi said Cross River State representatives in the National Assembly had been mounting pressure on the Federal Government and had compiled fresh facts for the appeal against the judgment, adding that they will not rest until justice was done to the matter.