Nigeria: Bakassi Peninsula returnees sue Nigerian govt. over ancestral land

| February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments


Nigeria: Bakassi Peninsula returnees sue Nigerian govt. over ancestral land

Nigerian returnees, who hail from the disputed Bakassi Peninsula, have instituted a court action here against the Nigerian Federal Government, claiming damages of 30 billion Naira (about US$ 200 million) for alleged betrayal leading to the loss of their ancestral home to Cameroon in the Bakassi Peninsula.

The peninsula was ceded to Cameroon by the International Court of Justice and endorsed by the Green Tree Agreement in 2006.

In a Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim, the returnees plaintiffs named the defendants as the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Assembly, the Cross Rivers State and Akwa Ibom State Governments and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).  

The plaintiffs are seeking, among other prayers, a declaration that the Defendants acted outrageously, recklessly, atrociously and unconscionably in their handling of the Bakassi Peninsula hand over issue.

They are claiming 20 billion Naira as general damages and 10 billion Naira on the footing of exemplary damages.  

Justice Mohammed Abubakar has fixed hearing in the matter for 6 March, 2013.  

Pana 14/02/2013


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