The battle over the ceding of Bakassi peninsula has taken a new dimension as a group named Bakassi Self Determination Front, has set up a radio station at Dayspring. The station is part of efforts by the group to ensure the liberation of Bakassi people as well as disseminate information on the activities of Bakassi people particularly on the ceding of the Peninsula.
The station started transmission on Monday, August 6 at 12 noon and operates on 4.2MHz and 5.2MHz band. Besides, the group had penultimate week hoisted its blue-white-red liberation flag dotted with stars at Daysprings. This is barley four days after the group had issued two weeks ultimatum to its people still living within the ceded territory to vacate or be crushed.
In a maiden broadcast, the Commander-General, Ekpe Ekpenyong Oku, said, “Please for the umpteenth time, we plead with our people to leave Abana now. The fight is going to be thickest and fieriest now that our Northern and eastern brothers have fully arrived. Bakassi we hail thee”.
He warned all travelers on the sea to stay away as from Saturday August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2012 this week. He said, “No sea movement so that you don’t have cause to regret. There shall be no movement of boats from Ikang or Marina beach to Cameroon on these two days. Be warned.” Oku called on men of goodwill, individuals, human rights organisations and the indigenous people of Bakassi to join hands in resisting and fighting the present international conspiracy.
Earlier in a statement made available to newsmen in Calabar, Oku, had revealed that arrangements have been concluded with some international liberation groups to assist the Bakassi natives in the battle ahead. “Ours will be a classical story of the elephant and the ant. The elephant will soon be driven frantic with ants all over its enormous bulk. The elephant will be so harassed and will find no respite and will dash itself against a tree trunk”.
“Throughout history, injured people have had to resort to arms in their self-defense where peaceful negotiations fail. Bakassi people are no exception. Our right to self-determination is imminent; some will die, but some will live to reap from our labours,” the Commander-general stated.