It was a day which produced images which sends shock waves across the nation as many once again look up to heaven amidst worsening Anglophone crisis. It has been describe as the Santa massacre and developments are still unfolding as the living try to bury their deaths.
Scores of youths were slain, Friday May 24, 2018 in Pinyin a village in Santa Sub-Division, North West Region of Cameroon.
Reports say the youths were killed in the course of fierce battle between Cameroon soldiers and the Separatist Ambazonian Fighters.
According to sources from the village, the Cameroon military besiege a building purported to be a hideout for the separatist fighters, and rained bullets on all living organisms in and around the building.
“We heard heavy shooting in the building around 9am. After 30 minutes, we saw the military truck passed back to Bamenda. When we ran to the building, we found more than 24 youths with some animals, dead,” Tengem Walters, villager in Pinying told TNN
“It is the military that shot them. We saw the military passed us on our way to the farm on high speed. We ran back home. Later on we heard heavy shooting. Look at people sleeping like fowls. Oh lord! Our land is cursed. The military truck came back to the village and shot in the air before leaving. They spoke in French. What a wicked world,” Annette Tem, a villager, questions while crying.
Meantime, Cameroonians have blamed the military for using excessive force on innocent civilians, leading to uncountable deaths. Presidential candidate and international lawyer Akere Muna also weighed in
“As much one can understand the fact the government is worried about the sovereignty of the state and interference in its internal affairs, it is untenable that it remains numb to the continuous loss of life. The recent killings in Menka, Pinyin and other areas of innocent unarmed civilians shows the total disregard for human life and growing human plight in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. Soldiers continue to be forced into war against their own fellow citizens and hatred is fed every single day. How many more lives should be lost? How many?” he said in a statementInternationa human right lawyer and former political prisoner Barrister Felix Agbor Balla alos denounce the killings in what he calls “senseless war”
“Pinyin, Bali and Batibo our hearts are with you during this painful moment. Seeing images of more than 40 youths dead in 48 hours. We must stand up together as one and reverse this senseless war.”
On his party the chairman of the chief opposition party in the country, the SDF has blame rebels for infiltration the ambazonain ranks and causing menace to the population and the country’s army
Ni John Fru Ndi was speaking after visiting the deaths in his native Santa sub division
ELECAM in a crisis too
The body charged with managing the elections of the country is also facing a crisis of its own. News broke last weekend about the firing of the general manager of the elections managing body.
With a very charge election calendar as the population will be called to go to the polls more than three times this year with presidential, parliamentary and council elections all in view, the least any would want to imagine is a house in crisis.
Sources say sacked general Babale Abdoulaye had “pest-ridden” the organization with incompetent family relatives managing mostly key operations, slowing down the work of the body and sending huge chunk of money to his family account as a results.
There are even unverified reports saying data from most persons who recently registered t the elections body have been lost, reasons why their voters card are yet to be printed
The former chief of operations at Elections Cameroon who was appointed by the President of the republic was fired by the board and replaced by Haman Hadorou.
Breaking: The D.O of Mbengwi has been kidnapped
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.
National Dialogue: South West elites hold “regional dialogue” of their own.
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.
Powerless Batibo council responds to Ambazonian savagery
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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