A group of armed militants suspected to be members of the Biafra Nations League (BnL) have allegedly kidnapped oil workers in Bakassi Local Government of Cross River State, Nigeria.
Bakassi Peninsula is a border area between the Republic of Nigeria and Cameroon. It is originally in Nigeria, however, part of it was ceded to Cameroon over a decade ago.
CONVERSEER gathered that the area has been overrun by militants and on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at about 9 a.m., 3 oil workers were kidnapped with their boat carted away by these daredevils.
According to reports, the incident happened in Atabong, Bakassi Peninsula, where safety equipments were also carted away as the oil workers were making their way to work.
“The workers encountered the militant on their way to work at around 9 am today (November 5).
“The separatists, before fleeing released several bullets to disperse security operatives guiding two vessels but were overwhelmed”, a source said.
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CONVERSEER had earlier reported that the Leader of BnL, Princewill Chimezie Richards was seen in a video driving around the Peninsula with some of his members.
Earlier this month, Chimezie was allegedly chased by security operatives suspected to be Nigerian Navy officers near Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State where he was making a return in a speed boat with his entourage from Oron, in the same state to Bakassi in Cross River State.
Ita Bassey, Bakassi Chapter leader of the group, confirmed the incident.
Meanwhile, SP Irene Ugbo, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in Cross River State said she is not aware of the incident.
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