Nigeria says won’t appeal award of oil-rich Bakassi to Cameroon


ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s attorney general said on Tuesday the country would not appeal an international ruling that handed the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to its neighbour Cameroon ten years ago, despite calls from the Senate to re-open the dispute.
Nigeria gave up Bakassi in 2008 after years of political disputes, legal skirmishes and violence that killed dozens of people and nearly pushed the two nations into war.
Its decision not to pursue a legal challenge was an attempt to avoid a new diplomatic row over the disputed territory.
Nigerian senators had argued that the original 2002 ruling from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was unfairly based on an agreement between the British and local chiefs in 1881 and should be put to a referendum monitored by the United Nations.

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