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Nigeria-Cameroon boundary demarcation team faces local protest

(9 December 2014)

Local residents of Danare community, in the Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria, protested the November 2014 arrival of a United Nations (UN) boundary demarcation technical committee to the region encompassing Danare, Biajua and Basua communities.

Ninety year old clan head Micheal Owan Bedebe told reporters that, “We are protesting because we heard that the UN technical committee on demarcation is coming again. We don't want an inch of our land to be ceded to Cameroon.” Protesters were specifically concerned about the disputed location of Pillar 113A, which youth leader Godwin Bessong suspected would be relocated to favour Cameroon. “We are saying nine kilometres of our rich lands have been demarcated and cede[d] to Cameroon,” he said.

Boundary demarcation has been underway between Cameroon and Nigeria since the International Court of Justice ruled on the boundary in 2002. The UN estimates that 1,947 km of the approximately 2,100 km of the shared boundary has been demarcated and the maritime boundary has been completely delimited.

Sources:

Nigeria: 90-Year-Old Traditional Ruler, Elderly Women, Protest Against UN Team, 11 November 2014, by Eyo Charles, AllAfrica.com, http://allafrica.com/stories/201411111441.html

C’River Communities Protest Nigeria-Cameroun Boundary Demarcation, 11 November 2014, by Bassey Inyang, This Day Live, http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/c-river-communities-protest-nigeria-cameroun-boundary-demarcation/193736/

CAMEROON/NIGERIA MIXED COMMISSION, UNOWA: United Nations office for West Africa, 9 December 2014, http://unowa.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=804