BIR soldiers dismantle pro-Biafra separatist group in Bakassi.

Cameroonian security forces have reportedly dislodged members of a pro-Biafra separatist group, Black Marine, from Abana town, in Bakassi Peninsula, Ndian Division of the South West Region.

This incident is said to have occurred Sunday morning, according to sources.

Going by eyewitnesses, Cameroon’s Rapid Intervention Battalion, BIR, are said to have recaptured Abana from the pro-Biafra militants.

It was gathered that authorities in Cameroon had deployed more troops to Isangele Subdivision in the Bakassi Peninsula. 

The troops have reportedly surrounded the town, including the residential quarters of oil companies.

The rebel group was reported to have engaged the troops in a gunfire in Abana sometimes ago.

One Henry Edet, identified as Operational Coordinator of Biafra Nation League, BNL, was quoted to have urged the Black Marine to retreat in Abana. Black Marine is said to be an arm of the Biafra Nation League, BNL, a separatist militia operating in the area.

Few days ago, the BIR troops launched airstrikes at Ine Mba forest in Idabato Subdivision of Bakassi Peninsula, targeting Black Marine militants.

It was learnt that the militant group clashed with troops of the Joint Border Forces of Nigeria and Cameroon in the Gulf of Guinea.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that about two helicopters dropped explosives in the area, destroying the militant camps. However, no life was lost in the clash, according to eyewitness accounts.

In August this year, a disaster was narrowly averted when Nigerian and Cameroonian forces escaped an attack by suspected members of the militant wing of the Biafra Nation League BNL.

It was gathered then that the pro-Biafra militants had attempted to drop explosives into warships near Ikang Abana in the Bakassi Peninsula but were pushed back by superior firepower.

“We know that Cameroon may have deployed men of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, BIR, in response to the alleged shootout between Biafra separatist militants, the Black Marine, and joint border security forces a few days ago,” a source said then.

It was learnt that Cameroonian military officers seemed to have called for more reinforcement in the Isangele and Idabato Subdivisions in the Peninsula.

The militant group has been agitating for the Sovereign State of Biafra, warning the Federal Government of Nigeria to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, and asking Cameroonian authorities to withdraw soldiers from the area.


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