By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo —Nigeria Internally Displaced Persons in Bakassi Peninsula have protested the abduction of four of their community leaders by the Cameroon Gendarmes.
In a protest letter to the Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, National and International Coordinator of Bakassi Returnees and Displaced Nigerian Citizens, Prince Joseph Inyang, identified the leaders as Bassey Utong, Ndung Ndung, Joseph Isang and Asukwo Atteh.
Inyang, in the letter made available to newsmen, yesterday, in Uyo, said the leaders were abducted 12 days ago and taken to unknown destinations by the gendarmes.
He described the abduction of the community leaders as the height of the wanton abuse of human rights and unnecessary extortion by the Cameroonian authorities.
“Till date, nobody knows their whereabouts and their crayfish, fish and other seafoods were seized from them at Abunja area of Cameroon,” he added.
He called on government at all levels and relevant human rights groups to intervene to ensure that the victims were rescued alive, alleging that N594, 000 was being demanded for the victims’ release.
He disclosed that even some natural boundaries and Nigerian territories, including Ataobong community, had been renamed to bear Cameroonian names, while local Nigerian chiefs were replaced by Cameroonians.
Inyang noted that they were recently compelled to report such matters and other inhuman treatments to the United Nations, UN and the Nigerian government without any response.
He said, “Nigerians from Bakassi peninsula had cried out about one month ago over the forceful eviction by the Cameroonian authorities for unwarranted taxation and levies but we are yet to see any action from government.”