On October 10, 2002, the International Court of Justice delivered a historic verdict awarding sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula to the Republic of Cameroun. Exactly 10 years later in October this year, by the terms of the 2005 Green Tree Agreement, Nigeria’s cession of its former territory would be completed unless, by the rules of the Court, she raises fresh issues for a re-visit. In this paper we’ll look at how far the Green Tea Agreement has been implemented ten years after it was signed and six years after Nigeria ceded the Bakassi Penisula to Cameroon
Going by the procedural rules of the International Court of Justice , ICJ by October 10 this year Nigeria will lose its right to appeal against the judgment of the International Court of Justice, ICJ, which had in 2002, ceded the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula in Cross River State, Southern Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon. By the terms of the 2005 Green Tree Agreement, Nigeria's cession of its erstwhile territory would be perfected, except she raises fresh issues for a review of the case. The Green Tree Agreement, under which Nigeria ceded the disputed area to Cameroon following an International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment in favour of the Cameroon, protects the rights of Nigerians living in the territory. Article 3 of the agreement states: “Cameroon, after the transfer of authority to it by Nigeria, guarantees to Nigerian nationals living in the Bakassi Peninsula the exercise of the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in international human rights law and in other relevant provisions of international law. “In particular, Cameroon shall: not force Nigerian nationals living in the Bakassi Peninsula to leave the Zone or to change their nationality; respect their culture,
language and beliefs; respect their rights to continue their agricultural and fishing activities; It also states that Cameroon must protect their property and their customary land rights; not levy in any...
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