No fewer than 97 Nigerians have reportedly been killed after an onslaught by Cameroon gendarmes in part of Bakassi Peninsula ceded to the Central African nation since Wednesday.
This was disclosed by about 130 returnees on arrival at the Ikang jetty, New Bakassi local government area of Cross River State, on Thursday, having escaped with their lives. .
According to them, constant harassment from Cameroonian authorities had become part of their lives, but things got out of hand this week. “The Cameroonian gendarmes have been harassing us so much. .
They destroyed our things, destroyed our boats, assaulted us and shot many of us to death. They made a lot of trouble for us in Akpankanya in Bakassi,” One of the returnees, Chief Umoh Umoh Inyang, told The Nation. .
“They would not let us carry on with our lives and livelihood in peace. The sufferings we have received are so great we had to come back. They would not let us go to the sea for fishing and in our houses where we were just staying they came and asked us to pay N100, 000 each. .
When we said we don’t have such money, they started beating us and shot many of us. We were forced to leave the place suddenly. We got to this Ikang jetty around 2:00 a.m. today.” .
Another returnee, Mr. Nse Edet Okon, said: “There was so much pandemonium. They destroyed everything. In 2008 they killed three people who worked with me. The government should come to our aid and resettle us properly in our own country. .
They came and told me to pay N100, 000 tax for boat engine and I said I don’t have that kind of money.” There has been no word from Nigerian authorities yet.