Militants suspected to be members of the Bakassi Self-Determination Front yesterday invaded Ine Ekoi village occupied by the Cameroonian military in a commando-like style in a bid to re-claim the oil-rich peninsular.
Making the disclosure to Blueprint in Calabar shortly after the visit of the House Committee on Treaties and Agreements, the Paramount Ruler of Bakassi, Etinyin Etim Okon Edet, said: “I received a call this afternoon that Ine Ekoi has been taken, and that as we speak Bakassi flag has been hoisted in Dayspring.
“I had raised an alarm few weeks ago that the boys are angry. The information at my disposal is that the boys are prepared to take their destinies in their hands.”
Our reporter gathered that a radio station has also been set up by the group in the mould of the defunct Radio Kudirat of the NADECO fame.
The station commenced transmission at 12 noon on Monday and operates on 4.2MHz and 5.2MHz bands.
The blue-white-red flag, adorned with stars, was hoisted at Daysprings on Monday, after the expiration of a two-week ultimatum issued by the group for a proactive action on Bakassi.
In a maiden broadcast, the Commander-General, Ekpe Ekpenyong Oku, said, “Please, for the umpteenth time, we plead with our people to leave Abana now. The fight is going to be thickest and fierciest now that our brothers from the northern and eastern brothers have fully arrived. Bakassi we hail thee.
“All travellers on the sea should stay away as Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2012 this week are not good to travel on the sea. No sea movement, so that you don’t have cause to regret. There shall be no movement of boats from Ikang or Marina beach to Cameroon on these two days.”
Oku called on “men of goodwill, individuals, human rights organisations and the indigenous people of Bakassi to join hands in resisting and fighting the present international conspiracy.”
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