New Development In Adamawa State: House Of Representatives Committee Takes Action On Nigeria-Cameroon Border Demarcation

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In a recent turn of events in Adamawa State, a House of Representatives committee has initiated action regarding the demarcation of the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

The adhoc committee, led by Hon Beni Lar, has directed the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to temporarily suspend their work on delineating the boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon in the Adamawa state region. This decision was made during an interactive session with stakeholders, driven by the committee’s desire to address unresolved issues among the border communities in Adamawa state.

Hon Beni Lar, hailing from Plateau, noted a significant gap in communication between the NBC and the border communities. To delve into the matter, the committee plans to embark on a fact-finding mission.

The Director-General of the National Boundary Commission, Mr. Adamu Adaji, identified the disputed communities along the Nigeria-Cameroon borderline as Kwaja, Rusuki, and Pillars 8. He emphasized that the Sinagali and Sinawati areas have remained undisputed, in accordance with the 1932 Thompson Marchand Declaration.

Mr. Adaji stated that more than 2,000 boundary markers have been placed along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, aligning with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision in The Hague.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), stressed the importance of respecting the ICJ’s judgment and proposed the establishment of confidence-building mechanisms to address concerns among the border communities. He ruled out the possibility of appealing the ICJ’s judgment; contrary to some committee members’ suggestions.

Adamu Kamale, a former House of Representatives member representing the disputed communities, accused the NBC of neglecting its responsibility to protect the interests of Nigerians in the affected areas. He questioned the commission’s decision not to use watershed boundaries to determine the status of the Sina community, which is central to the dispute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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