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Governor Okalia cheats death, SDF barks again, US offers to referee Anglophone dialogue as Buea survives week end of uncertainty: 5 things to know this morning

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It was a weekend of news making events. While you were away, TeboPost compiled the top news making stories during the past week to get you to speed.

Governor Okalia cheats death as ambazonian forces launched an ambushed on his motorcade to Menji

Videos of an attacked by the ambazonian forces against the South West regional governor’s convoy made headline news during the week. The Governor who was on his way to install the new senior divisional officer for Menji, Lebialem came under heavy attack around the village of Lewo from armed men.

In a two part video circulating online, the Equinoxe TV South west regional correspondent Derick Jato who was onboard the convoy to Menji detail the attack of how the country’s elite security forces BIR fought gallantly to prevent the governor and his team from becoming the biggest and newest hostages in the hands of the increasingly violent separatists forces whom the government considers terrorists.

No casualties were recorded during the attack as the “invisible gunmen” flee into the bushes Read More…

SDF Barks Again, but refuse to bite

In their communiqués after the April 21st NEC meeting, the country’s chief opposition party among other things have frown at the government for the escalation of the crisis.

After congratulating their new senators and North West militants for working hard to win the region during the March 25th senatorial polls. The party also OKs Osih’s report for his state of preparedness for the forthcoming presidential elections before decrying the government of holding their campaign funds.

The party of Ni John Fru Ndi has come under scrutiny for its tough talk but no action during the crisis and its critics say the party has put its interest first ahead of that of the people especially as they constitute the party’s base.

In its final communiqué, SDF once again proves its critics right, the party talks tough again but refuses to bite, saying The “Anglophone crisis is the handwork of the Biya regime” before decrying what they termed CPDM “taking advantage of the crisis” to manipulate some Anglophone youths and destabilize the SDF in the North west Region” a charge the ruling party has also accused  the SDF in the past

US offer to mediate dialogue

The long awaited and much talk about dialogue which has never really started once again came under focus
As the Anglophone crisis worsens, seeing more deaths, attacks and fleeing civilians, the US top diplomat in the county Ambassador Peter Henry Barlerin has offered his country’s expertise to mediate the much talk about dialogue
Ambassador Barlerin on Friday April 20th in Yaoundé says the United States in interested in a stable Cameroon hence, has offered his country’s expertise to help resolve the crisis.

The government or separatists factions are yet to comment on the latest news from the US diplomat

Buea survives a weekend of uncertainty

There was an uneasy calm in the town of legendary hospitality after denizens of the historic town shot down their businesses in large part at the end of last week.

Banks, stores, and major regional head offices of some companies were all in shut down on Thursday April 19 as rumors of an impending attack loom over the beautiful town.

The attacked that never took place forced residents to spend their week end in uncertainty as the threat from Ambazonian fighters looks ever much real.

 

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Breaking: The D.O of Mbengwi has been kidnapped

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AmbaNews24 is reporting that seperatist forces have kidnap the  Divisional Officer (DO) of Mbengwi, Fouda Etaba Benoit Nicaise.

“Nicaise was arrested in Mbengwi, the seat of Momo State and of the Mbengwi local government area or “subdivision” as the occupying Cameroon government describes it. Colonial DO was appointed by Presidential decree number 2017/239 of May 22, 2017 as D.O for Mbengwi” ambanews24 writes

In March 2019, a military convoy transporting Nacaise came under attack by separatist fighters, but the DO was safe and unhurt.

The government is yet to confirm the news and TeboPost cannot independently verify the news.

But if true, it will be a major setback ahead of plan national dialogue scheduled for September 30th as government struggles to find lasting solutions to the Anglophone crisis

Mbengwi is the divisional capital of Momo division North West region. The same division where the DO of Batibo was kidnapped years back and his whereabouts remain unknown till date.

 

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National Dialogue: South West elites hold “regional dialogue” of their own.

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The authorities of South west region have rallied different stakeholders within the municipality and beyond for pre-dialogue ahead of the national dialogue called by President Biya which is scheduled for end of September.

The pre-dialogue discussion taking place at the chambers of the Buea council Buidling is the first of its kind since the announcement of the grand national dialogue on September 10th 2019.

Chaired by the governor of the South West region alongside other top officials in the region, the dialogue aimed at finding a common ground ahead of much anticipated national dialogue.

Prime minister Dion Ngute who is charged with the coordination of the historic talks has been holding  consultations with different stakeholders in Yaounde ahead of the talks.

In his surprised address to the nation on September  10th 2019, President Paul Biya announced the holding of national dialogue at the end of September which he says is  geared towards resolving the socio-economic crisis in the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon and other national concerns.

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Powerless Batibo council responds to Ambazonian savagery

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The Batibo Council on its Facebook page this Monday writes Monday September 16, 2019 has condemned the brutal and inhuman murder of a woman in that municipality

“It is with anger filled trauma that I write condemning the burial of a life being in our municipality.
No matter the reasons, I shall never be part of such gruesome acts!
I say again, there is life after the crisis and each of us will give an account of what he/ she has done”. The council writes

The killing which has sparked outrage on social media was allegedly carried by Ambazonian fighters.  The fighter in a viral video said she is a “black leg”.

Batibo council in Momo division of the North-west Region is one the areas greatly hit by the socio political crisis in the Anglophone regions of tbe country.

In 2018 the administrative head of the Subdivision was kidnapped on a day Cameroon celebrated her youths. His whereabout have since remained unknown.

Many inhabitants of the Sub Division since the escalation of the crisis have since been seeking for refuge in other towns and cities. They are fleeing from atrocities committed as the conflict in Cameroons North West and South West regions continues to escalate.

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