The Nigerian Government has been given a 30-day ultimatum to respect an Abuja High Court judgement on the restoration of Southern Cameroons statehood with the United Nations, UN.
The peoples of the Southern Cameroons have, through their Counsel, Okoi Obono-Obia, written a letter to the Attorney General of Nigeria and Minister of Justice, Mohamed Bello Adoke (SAN), urging the Federal Government to immediately comply with the Consent Judgement in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/30/2002, dated March 25, 2002.
The judgement was delivered by the former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Rosaline Ukeje, which is in their favour. The Consent Order directed the Federal Republic of Nigeria to take any measures as may be necessary to place the case of the peoples of the geographical entity known as at October 1, 1960, as Southern Cameroons, for self-determination before the UN General Assembly and any other relevant international organisation.
The letter, dated January 27, 2013, was served on the Attorney General on February 8, 2013, urged the Federal Government of Nigeria, in the spirit and adherence to the Rule of Law and Constitutionalism, especially the authority and integrity of the judicial branch of the of Government, to take immediate steps to ensure compliance by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the terms/directives in the said Consent Judgement/ Order.
Accordingly, the Federal Government of Nigeria was given an ultimatum of 30 days from the date of the receipt of the letter to take steps to ensure compliance with the said Consent Judgement/Order; failure of which they will instruct their Counsel to institute proceedings to compel the Federal Government of Nigeria to comply with the said Consent Judgement/Order. The Federal Government, theretofore, has until March 10, to comply.
The peoples of Southern Cameroons represented by Dr. Kevin Ngwang Ngumni, Augustine Feh Ndangam, Chief Ette Otun Ayamba, Professor Victor Mukwele, Dr. Martin Ngeka, Nfor Ngala Nfor, Hitler Mbinglo, Henry Dobgima K Mundam, Simon Ninpa, Shey Tafon, Paul Yiwir, and Isaac Sona had sued the Federal Government of Nigeria in the Federal High Court, Abuja, by Originating Summons seeking determination of the following questions:
Whether the Union envisaged under the Southern Cameroons Plebiscite in 1961 between La République du Cameroun and Southern Cameroons legally took effect as contemplated by the relevant United Nations Resolutions, particularly the United Nations Resolution 1352 (XIV) of October 16, 1959 and United Nations Trusteeship Council Resolution 2013 (XXIV) of May 31, 1960?
Whether the termination by the Government of the United Kingdom of its Trusteeship over the Southern Cameroons on September 30, 1961, without ensuring prior Implementation of the Constitutional arrangements under which the Southern Cameroons and La République du Cameroun were to unite as one Federal State was not in breach of Articles 3 and 6 of the Trusteeship Agreement for the territory of the Cameroons under British Administration approved General Assembly of the United Nations on December 13, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions 1352 of October 16, 1959 ; 1608 of April 2, 1961, the United Nations Trusteeship Council Resolution 2013 (XIV) of May 31, 1960 and Article 76 (b) of the Charter of the United Nations?
Was the Assumption of Sovereign Powers on October 1 1961 and the continued exercise of same by the Government of La République du Cameroun over the Southern Cameroons after the termination by the Government of the United Kingdom or its Trusteeship over the territory legal and valid when the Union between Southern Cameroons and La République du Cameroun contemplated by the Southern Cameroons Plebiscite 1961 had not legally taken effect?
Whether the peoples of Southern Cameroons are not entitled to self-determination within their clearly defined territory separate from La République du Cameroun? Whether it is the Southern Cameroons and not La République du Cameroun that shares a maritime boundary with the Federal Republic of Nigeria?
However, the Federal Government of Nigeria sued for a settlement of the case out of court which led to the delivery of the Consent Judgment dated March 25, 2002, based on the agreement reached by the parties. Today, almost 11 years after, the peoples of Southern Cameroons want the Federal Government of Nigeria to comply with the Consent Judgement/Order.
Bakassi Returnees Sue Federal Gov’t
In a related story, the Daily Independent recently posted a case in which returnees of the Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State extraction have sued the Federal Government of Nigeria before an Abuja High Court, claiming 30 billion Naira as damages over alleged acts of betrayal, leading to the loss of their ancestral home at the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.
“In a writ of summons and statement of claim filed through their counsel, Ukeme Ekpenyong, the plaintiffs include Augustine Bassey Efiong, Sila Clement Etim, Efiong Bassey Ekanen and Imaobong Edem Efiong (suing for themselves and on behalf of Bakassi Returnees of Uruan Local Government Area Extraction),” reports the Daily Independent article signed by Joe Nwankwo in Abuja and Bassey Inyang in Calabar.