Cameroon filed 29 March 1994 an application instituting proceedings against Nigeria in relation to a dispute described as the ‘sovereignty of Bakassi Peninsula’ asking the court to determine the course of the maritime boundary.
12 February 1996, following clashes of the armies in the peninsula, via Fax provisional measures were requested: refrain from military action; they were granted
Jurisdiction claimed to be founded on declaration under art 36.2
Nigeria advanced the following objections:
1st Cameroon by lodging application on 29 march 1994, violated its obligation to act in good faith and acted in abuse of the system of 36.2
2nd for 24 years the parties have accepted a duty to settle all boundary questions through bilateral machinery and this is an implied agreement to resort exclusively to that mechanism without invoking ICJ
3rd the settlement of boundary disputes is the exclusive competence of Lake Chad Basin Commission and the procedures there are obligatory to the parties, such procedures involve the implication not to resort ICJ
8th the question of maritime delimitation involves rights of 3rd parties so is inadmissible
(22) Nigeria accepted compulsory jurisdiction 1965, Cameroon accepted on 3 March 1994, and was notified by the SG 11 ½ later, Cameroon filled the application on 29 March 1994.