We will not permit foreign vessels through Bakassi Peninsula again – BNL
Charles Nwoke, Calabar, Nigeria
May 15, 2021
A secession group, the Biafra Nations League, BNL has placed an embargo on all foreign oil vessels from entering Nigeria through the Bakassi Peninsula coastal line starting from 30th of May, Biafran civil war memorial day.
The group gave the warning on Friday, in a statement jointly signed by the National Leader of BNL, Princewill Chimezie, Deputy National Leader, Ebuta Takon, and the Chief of General Staff, Linus Essien, and made available to newsmen.
Biafra Nations League, BNL trotted that its members who were already advancing in the Gulf of Guinea will arrest any international vessel that was found coming towards Nigeria and Cameroon inclusive.
A few days ago, some Militias loyal to BNL were reportedly engaged in a heavy shootout with Cameroon Forces of Battalion d’intervention Rapide (BIR) around Archibong town in Isangele subdivision in the ceded side of the Bakassi Peninsula.
It was gathered that fear and tension have continued to rise in the area after online media published a video on Youtube showing masked militants believed to be members of BNL in the creek of Isangele chanting war slogans and songs.
Their threats if carried out was capable of destabilizing the Gulf of Guinea, which in no little measure would affect the Nigerian and Cameroonian economies.
The statement partly reads, “BNL will not back off from the struggle especially at this critical time that Igbos are being killed in their homes by Nigeria securities as well as the intimidations and arrests of inhabitants of the Bakassi Peninsula by Cameroon Forces”.
“The silence maintained by the international community who are benefitting from the resources in former Eastern Nigeria were reasons for banning of a foreign vessel, they do not value human lives but are after what they can gain from the old Eastern Region,” they added.