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– Militant leader Benjamin, also known as G1, in Nigeria wants to surrender but there are conditions he has mentioned
– Benjamin is wanted for his alleged criminal activities in Cross River state and for reportedly killing a soldier in September
A tough militant and leader of the Bakassi Strike Force (BSF) in Cross River state, who goes by the name Benjamin, has given his conditions for the group to stop their activities in their stronghold.
Popularly known as G1, Benjamin, on Monday, October 17, 2016, said his group would continue to fight for the people of Bakassi until the Greentree Agreement is observed by all the parties involved.
Apart from this, he said the military must be withdrawn from Bakassi local government area.
The Greentree Agreement was the formal treaty which resolved the Cameroon-Nigeria border dispute concerning the Bakassi peninsula.
In the agreement reached on June 12, 2006, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, then Nigerian president as well as the Cameroonian President Paul Biya, signed for the withdrawal of troops and transfer of authority in the Peninsula.
The agreement was that the Nigerian troops would be withdrawn within 60 days but allowed for a possible 30-day extension while Nigeria was allowed to keep its civil administration and police in Bakassi for another two years.
But Benjamin, wanted by the Army in connection with alleged criminal activites as wwell as the killing of a soldier in September, thinks this agreement was not honoured.
He argued that Bakassi was ceded to Cameroun without consideration to human rights provisions and what the people of the area want.
In a signed statement reported by The New Telegraph, Benjamin, for the first time, spoke out saying: “Again, I want to unequivocally state that I am not a terrorist as people outside are made to believe; but I will not sit down and allow my people suffer from intimidation, neglect and oppression.
“I only request that Bakassi people should not be treated like second class citizens in their country. “We demand that the modalities stipulated in the Green Tree Agreement be followed to the latter and logical conclusion.
“We again demand the withdrawal of the military from Bakassi because we are civilized people who know our rights.”