Nigeria cedes another part of territory to Niger Republic

Other News Materials 19 February 2008 00:02 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Nigeria has ceded "Tombo-Mota" a fishing community to Niger Republic, its neighbour to the north-east, Nigeria's National Boundary Commission, said in Abuja on Monday.

It was the second time in two years that Nigeria was ceding part of its territory to its neighbours.

The most-populous African country ceded the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula lying at its maritime border with Cameroon to the latter in 2006 in compliance with an October 2002 ruling by the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

Charles Dafe, resident Information Officer of the Commission, said the fishing community, with a population of 3,000 people was located in Abadam council area of Borno State in Nigeria's north-east, but that Niger Republic already hoisted its yellow and green flag in the area having taken it over.

He said the dispute between the two countries over the territory dated back to five years ago and that to seek justice, Niger Republic reported the issue to a Joint Standing Committee of Experts on the re-demarcation of the Nigeria-Niger international boundary.

Both countries jointly measured their geographic coordinates and compared them with what was done in 1912 by British and French colonialists of both countries and came to the agreement that the area truly belonged to Niger Republic, Dafe said.