Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has tasked the military to rise to the challenge of¬† contending¬† the activities of sea pirates at the Bakassi Peninsula bordering Nigeria and Cameroon.
Akpabio, who made this call on Thursday when the Chief of Traning and Operations at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Major-General Peter Isang, paid him a courtesy visit at Governor‚Äôs Office, Uyo, noted that ‚ÄúEastern Obolo and Ikot Abasi may be known for crude oil theft, but the main problem is in Bakassi that we have handed over to Cameroon. It is a major problem and a major treat to Nigeria.‚Äù
The governor said, ‚ÄúIllegally,¬† pirates now have camped there with over 500 men and Cameroon seems to have abandoned the place. Recently, one of our paramount rulers was kidnapped and he was taken there and he saw it with his eyes. We can‚Äôt strike. We can‚Äôt go there. It is left for you with all the intelligence¬† supplied to you.‚Äù