The maltreatment and killings of about 97 Nigerians in Bakassi Peninsula by Cameroonian Gendarmes over failure to pay a N100,000 boat levy is bad.

The UN has acknowledged that through the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of UNOWAS, Mohamed Chambas, spoke with newsmen in New York on Monday.

“Let me commend the initiative of the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who has already directed that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) should find out what numbers have come across the border to Nigeria.

“He also asked the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at the Cross-River State level to look into what numbers are being displaced from Nigeria as a result of this.

“Do they need help? If they do, that authority should also ascertain the numbers involved and provide the necessary support these newly displaced persons may need.

“So I think adequate response has been undertaken by the Nigerian side to cater for any Nigerians who might have come back into the country from Bakassi.

“We commend that effort on the part of the Nigerian authorities,” the UN envoy said.

According to him, the conflict is of extreme interest to UNOWAS, especially with its involvement of the Joint Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC).