A former governor of Cross River State , Mr Donald Duke , has described the ceding of Bakassi as “ an international conspiracy,” and regretted that what was supposed to be done during the period was not done by the country .
He also said the ceding of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom State was political .

Duke made the remark in Calabar during the presentation of a book , ‘ Cross River State at 50 : The People and Events that Shaped it . ’
Duke said , “ It was during my time that we got the 76 oil wells that were lost . That was a painful thing for all of us . I still think it should be remedied .
“ Today , Akwa Ibom State is the largest oil -producing state in Nigeria. It was a political decision. I think the political decision that gave them the oil should be also used to give us back the 76 oil wells. ”

Duke denied that he ceded Bakassi to Cameroon .
He said he did everything to reverse the ceding to no avail .
The book was written by an elder statesman , Ekpe Esien Ita , who also used the occasion to celebrate his 70 th birthday.

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