Reports of UN handing over 24 LGs to Cameroon or new State false, says former Boundary Commission boss
By Samson Mickha, Adamawa
Authorities have denied widespread reports that the United Nations, (UN) is handing over 24 local governments to Cameroon.
A former Nigerian top official involved in the deal denied claims that a new state would be created by the United Nations.
Findings by Irohinoodua indicated that there were no evidence to suggest that 24 LGs will be carved out of Nigeria. Contacts made by our correspondent to Cameroon and Adamawa indicated that the UN, Nigeria and Cameroon are not planning such a deal.
A former boss at the Nigerian Boundary Commission, (NBC) also denied such claims.
“There is no iota of truth in the report purported to have been published (not in Irohinoodua) to the effect that Nigeria may lose 24 Local government Area councils to new UN STATE”
former Director General of National Dahiru Bobbo OFR former Director Boundary Commission, Dahiru Bobbo(OFR) said in a statement made available to Irohinoodua.
He said there was no such new state being planned by the UN on the basis of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Cameroonian long standing leader, Paul Biya to cede terrotories in 2003.
He said further that as the Director -General of the National Boundary Commission of Nigeria 1999 to 2006, he can confirmed that there had never been a summit between Obasanjo and Biya throughout the year 2003.
He said “Therefore there could have been no agreement, treaty,communique or any other bilateral exchange of documents between Cameroon and Nigeria on cessation of territories to UN or to anybody for that matter.
He said the records available confirmed only two meetings of Presidents Obasanjo of Nigeria and Biya of Cameroon in Paris on 5th September 2002 and Geneva on 15 November 2002 both on the invitations of the then UN Secretary, Mr Kofi Anan
The communiques issued on the two summits were in respect of the establishment of a Cameroon-Nigerian Mixed Commission on the implementation of the decisions of the international Court of justice at the Hague(The World Court) on Bakassi Peninsula and the Land boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon.
According to him, the Mixed Commission of which he was a member and Secretary handled the assignment and handed over territories to both Cameroon and Nigeria as ruled by the World Court including Dambore,Narki (BORNO)and Burha Vango (ADAMAWA)to Nigeria and Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.
“The last two meetings between the UN Secretary General and President Biya and President Obasanjo
were held in Geneva on 11 May 2005,and at Greentree,New York on 12 June 2006 concerning the Modalities of Withdrawal and Transfer of Authority in the Bakassi Peninsula
On the whole the ruling of 10 October 2002 of the International Court of justice
On the land and maritime dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria was peacefully implemented fully and there was no outstanding matter reserved for UN to create any new state in the affected region,” he sais