In solidarity with the imprisoned leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, a pro- Biafra group, the Biafra Nations League (BNL), has demanded the closing of crossings between Nigeria and Southern Cameroon.
This comes ahead of Kanu’ s resumption of his trial on Thursday, October 21.
The group’ s National Leader, Princewill Richards, announced in a statement that the closure will begin on Tuesday, October 19 and extend until Friday, October 22.
It is projected to have an impact on Cameroon’ s borders with Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and the Bakassi Peninsula.
In sympathy with Kanu’ s court case, it urged its members to close the borders and the Gulf of Guinea, prohibiting vessels from entering Nigeria through the Bakassi Peninsula for four days, from October 19 to October 22.
The decision was reached following an emergency meeting at Abana, the former headquarters of Bakassi Peninsula, according to Richards, who stated that the BNL spoke with some IPOB hierarchy.
He also said that BNL is taking steps to shut down oil companies on the Peninsula that are paying taxes to the Nigerian and Cameroonian governments, despite directives issued to the companies to stop doing so.
It slammed both countries’ positions on secession, calling them unacceptable.
Suspected BNL militants have allegedly vandalized property belonging to Cameroonian authorities on several occasions, including lowering Cameroon’ s national flag in the region a few weeks ago.
The BNL militias took control of the land, according to reports in Cameroon, which the Cameroonian government rejected.
Richards, on the other hand, believes there will be no opportunity for peace as long as the Nigerian and Cameroonian governments are united in their opposition to Biafra.
We have threatened to close all borders if the federal government continues to use the military against Biafra agitators in the South East. It is a warning, not a threat. Richards stated, ” We’ ve given an earlier notice so that no one would blame us for our conduct. ”
BNL admits to being involved in cross- border activity and smuggling into Southern Cameroon, which aided Ambazonia separatists in their war against Cameroon.
Despite some of their leaders’ denials, he claimed, all the factions in Southern Cameroon rely on their help.
BNL claims to have direct ties to Southern Cameroon separatists. The group is mostly made up of people from border towns and the Bakassi Peninsula.