The notorious jungle justice enforcement group known as the Bakassi Strike Force, BSF, has revealed its refusal of the numerous offers to join International and internal freedom fighters in the quest to destabilise Nigeria.
In a statement released by the group on Wednesday, November 16, their leader, Benjamin Ene (a.k.a G1) said despite the fact that Federal Government had snubbed their efforts to curtail hostilities in the Bakassi area of the Niger Delta, they are willing to work with FG to ensure that the problems faced by the Bakassi people were addressed.
Speaking to newsmen, another leader of the BSF, Mr. Ozinko Ozinko who is currently on the wanted list of Nigerian Army, lamented that the group had been sideline in the Federal Government Amnesty Programme.
Reiterated their peace stance Ozinko said:
“As a mark of good faith and demonstration of seriousness, on November 8 by 16.30 hours, we returned weapons our fighters seized during our last confrontation.”
He called on the world and the United Nations to take notice of their declaration of ceasefire and the return of weapons while we remain vigilant and wait for the response of the Nigerian government.
“For now, we shall maintain our independence and refuse to take up offers we have been receiving to team up with other international groups and local freedom fighters for more effective confrontation and destabilisation of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, Ene said the group, which consists of over 1, 000 foot soldiers, would name its representative when the Federal Government showed seriousness and readiness to end militancy in Bakassi.
It can be recalled that the rebel group had initially express anger over neglect of its people by invading and holding the entire government house in Cross River State hostage.