Bakassi Strike Force, The (BSF)

The Bakassi Strike Force (BSF) is a militia group demanding the return of the ceded Bakassi Peninsular from Cameroon back into the Niger Delta region. The group was formed at the beginning of June 2016. The group accuses the Cameroon government of harassment against local communities as well as the Nigerian Government neglect of these communities. The BSF also accuses the Nigerian Government of not consulting the communities before deciding that the area be ceded to Cameroon. The group, which claims to have 642 armed fighters, claims the right to defend the communities against abuses by the Cameroon government. Theater of OperationsBackgroundIn June 2006, the Nigerian and Cameroon Governments came to an agreement (referred to as the “Greentree Agreement”) in which Nigeria recognized the authority of Cameroon over the Bakassi Peninsular, preceded by a period of tensions and incidents of violence. The Greentree Agreement was aimed at facilitating the…

Bakassi Strike Force, The (BSF), also known as Esighi group is an active group formed c. 2016.
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