Nigeria withdraws from oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula: "Abuja - Nigeria began withdrawal of its 3,000-troops from the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula lying at the maritime border between it and Cameroon Friday.This is just historic, because it will be a test of Africa's maturity. I believe it is a bit... antiquated, to still think overbearingly in terms of nation-states. But we deal with what we have, right? The fact that there is a secessionist group that is trying to declare the independance of Bakassi is worrying me. I wonder how it will all go...
Military commander Major General Steve Guar said the withdrawal would end next Monday, rather than the Tuesday date that was earlier scheduled.
Guar said all non-essential personnel of the Nigerian military had already been moved out to enable his men to meet the Monday deadline of official handing over of the area to Cameroon.
As part of the exercise, the 26 Battalion headquarters of the Nigerian Army, located at Boro Camp in Bakassi, was shut Friday and troops withdrawn to Ikan village, near Calabar, in Nigeria.
He said the Boro camp would be left intact for use by the local people.
Symbolic of the withdrawal was the withdrawal of Nigeria's national flag and that of the Nigerian Army from the area Friday.
Bakassi Peninsula covers a total of 3,072 square kilometres and was ceded to Cameroon by the International Court of Justice at The Hague in October 2002, when it ruled that Nigeria should vacate the area, while Cameroon cede part of the border between the two countries to the north to Nigeria.
Nigeria defence headquarters had declared last Tuesday that the country's withdrawal from Bakassi peninsula would begin Monda"
Saturday, August 12, 2006
With the elections in my native Congo, I have yet again neglected the other African News (I really do need to have someone cober other countries, in a progressive way. If you know of anyone, let me know). But interesting and crucial things have been happening. Rebellions in Ethiopia are gaining in strength, and tensions in the horn of Africa are brewing. Sudan is trying to get along better with Chad. And then there is this:
Posted by TheMalau at 6:59 AM
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