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Tchiroma praises professional army for “well targeted and purposeful shots” which neutralizes dozens in Santa as Yaoundé gives its version of the “truth”

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The country’s minister of communications and government spokesman Mr.  Issa Tchiroma has issued a statement with respect to the clashes between the country’s defense forces and secessionist fighters in Pinyin, Santa.

Flanged by the military spokesman, Colonel Didier Badjeck, the government mouthpiece on Monday 28th May in Yaoundé, began by thanking the press corps for accepting his invitation  before reminding them that the meeting was to take stock of developments in the Anglophone regions especially developments in Santa

Minister Tchiroma started by detailing recent accounts in the restive North West regions which have been perpetrated by terrorist forces.

He painted a dark and gloomy picture of multiple atrocities committed by armed groups in the region.

“It should be noted that the particular actions of these hordes of criminals led to the assassination at Bawok, of Senior Warrant Officer ALIME Jean, Commander of the Bali Research Brigade, and one of his elements; the assassination of pupil gendarme DJEMENA Anatole Fabrice, in the course of the Batibo, Widikum and Amba attacks, to prevent the 20th May celebration in this area” he stated in part as he details multiple ordeals.

In the statement, Tchiroma details the routes used by what he termed “terrorist forces” to settle in the area and the harm they have been causing to the population.

“Taking advantage of the suspension of the Gendarmerie Brigade of Ashong near Batibo, the assailants used new corridors to bypass the security devices of our Defence and Security Forces to set up full-fledged cantonments”, he said in part he continued with the recounts

Communication boss said investigations carried out by competent government authorities had hinted of armed groups planning attack against the population during the just celebrated national day.

He then read names after names of persons who have been killed, kidnapped and raped by the armed groups in their quest to intimidate the people and says they had promised the population heaven on earth

While some of the account of the ministers’ statement begs more question, he none the less continued in his usual flamboyance and near arrogance, reminding the world and press men that the country is fighting a terrorist network and the government is the victim in a crisis many have laid the blame at the foot of the state.

The minister once again praise the country’s defense forces for their professionalism and bravery in keeping the population safe while regretting the fact that incident like these “unfortunately, sometimes gave room for some regrettable allegations of carnage purportedly perpetrated by the Cameroonian Army on civilians”.

“Therefore, we should once again commend the sense of duty, commitment, courage, self-denial, professionalism and patriotism showcased by our Defense and Security Forces in the fight they are leading, on behalf of the Cameroonian people, against criminal hordes who are taking advantage of secessionist claims to install a climate of terror among the people and pave the way for a lasting destabilization of our Nation” his statement reads in part

Friday May 25 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.

Many have blamed the security forces for heavy handedness and killing of civilian population the raid the government says was aimed at eliminating terrorist network in the areas.

There have been strong condemnations from human rights advocates and top politicians ever since the images made rounds on social media

 

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Living together chorister storms “above the law” Sangmelima

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Paul Atanga Nji gets hilarious welcome at Sangmelima this day the 17th of October 2019. The entire population and Elites, political and traditional authorities, Alongside the ETA Major of the Administrative jurisdiction of Sangmelima had to welcome the MINAT boss few hours ago.

Paul Atanga Nji is in Samgmelima for a working visit which comes after an inter commuting conflict erupted there last week following the death of an indigene.

The Bulus (indigenes of Sangmelima) attacked the Bamuns and Bamilekes, breaking their shops and looting their goods for two days continuously, all in the watchful eyes of seemingly “helpless” law enforcement officers.

They (Bulus) say the the Bamums were responsible for the murderer of one of theirs who died on Tuesday October 9th 2019.

The two days violent which engulfed  the town quickly drew the attention of the nation as many watched in consternation the degree of restraint exhibited by the country’s trigger happy police in the face of unprecedented violence against a minority.

Many Cameroonians where quick to take to social media to condemn  the violence, describing it as “xenophobic” with  government struggling  to contained the situation.

But perhaps the most eye catching situation amidst the violence was the lack of action from the police, who failed to deter the protesters and had no one arrested after two days violence which led to the destruction and looting of goods estimated at hundreds of millions.

Many were quick to draw comparison with similar  violence or non violent protests  in other parts of the country which are always met with heavy police crackdown.

The inaction by security forces was largely due to the fact that the town is the hometown of the President of the republic, and most of its indigenes occupy some of the most senior role in government- forcing the police officers to watch helplessly for fear of arresting or injuring the wrong citizen.

The last week violence sparked a national debate about the rule of law in the country, many now question if some Cameroonians are more important than others before the very law which governs the entire nation.

Many young non-indigenes left the town after the the attack by the locals and the decision from mayor and other stakeholders  that all bike riders must be indigenes of the town, another move which  questions the “vivre ensemble” preached by the government and sets a dangerous precedence across the national triangle.

The visit of the all powerful MINAT boss who is the frontline leader of the living together mantra will be highly monitored as many are hoping perpetrators of such violence will not go unpunished to say the least.

Atanga Nji has proven before that he is a political bulldozer, daring to go places his peers can’t imagine and a champion of oneness for the country.

His visit to Biya’s hometown will be yet another test of his unwavering political might and his ability to prove doubters of “the living together” policy wrong, should he do what many believe is another impossibility- Nailing the Bulus for crimes against another tribe of a nation where the rule of law is supreme.

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Ayaba Cho says Ayafor’s muderers have been arrested…. but there is a problem.

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On Monday October 14th 2019, the President of Ambazonian Governing Council, Ayaba Cho said those who brutally killed the Florence Ayafor, a North West based warden has been arrested.

According to the Ambazonian leader, the three suspects were arrested by Ambazonian Defense Forces on Monday 14th October 2019 and are being interrogated by the armed group.

Pictures of the alleged suspects were floated on social media that same day as some activists say preliminary investigations had revealed the boys were former inmates of Bamenda Central prison who claim they were treated unfairly by the late warden  while at the dungeon

Her brutal killing (She was beaten and dragged on the floor for minutes before having her head chopped-off from her body, all infromt of camera) shocked the nation and sparked outrage amongst the International community.

The US embassy in Yaounde issue a statement on October 11th 2019, condemning  the killing and urging both parties to engage in constructive dialogue to end the crisis

But the alleged arrests of the suspect who stands accused of committing ISIS-styled execution by ADF sends confusing signal to many especially those who have been following political happenings in grounds zero.

Barely days after she (Florence Ayafor) was killed, the spokesman for 13 rebel groups including the ADF Tabang Ivo Tanku praise the gruesome murder on live Facebook show, telling his thousands of online followers that similar fate awaits any other government official who is against the “struggle”

He also made mockery of the sudden death of the brother of the slaughtered  warden who died from shock after receiving the gruesome video of his sister’s death, saying “When La Republic kills 4 months old children you don’t have heart attack” a reference to a 4 months old child who was shot death months back in Muyuka, South West region of Cameroon.

The gruesome video started circulating on the internet around September 29th 2019 and hashtag #IAmFlorence has been trending.

Ir is  not clear why the mixed messages from the ADF but the armed group could be doing damage control and publicity stunt given they stand accused to be perpetrators of the heinous crime which has shamed the struggle and has given its fighters a terrorist-like image.

Government is yet it officially react to the news of the supposed arrest of the gruesome murderer of one of its workers and citizen around Pinyin, Batibo Division, Momo Division of the South West region

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Days numbered? Lebialem Fons beg Yaounde to dethrone abominable king

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Some Fons of Lebialem led by senator Lekunze have appealed to the government to dethrone Ambazonian field marshal and take back  control of their land

The call  which was made  today October 14th 2019 comes two weeks after images showing a crowned  rebel leader as new King of Lebialem, South West region of Cameroon.

Mr. Leakeh Oliver popularly known as Field Marshal is one of the most wanted man in the country at the moment  and controls the much dreaded Red dragons armed separatist group

The Red dragons have largely taken control of most parts of Lebialem, forcing  many to flee to Neighboring region  including government officials and local chiefs most of whom now operates from Dschang-Capital of Menoua division  of  West region which borders Lebialem.

The self coronation of field Marshal on October 1st 2019 as the king of Lebialem during the symbolic celebration of Ambazonian Independence Day in that part of the South West region has been heavily condemned both at home and abroad- even by some separatists leaders.

Many see the move as disrespectful to the cultural values of the people of Anglophone regions and an abuse of power by armed groups many  thought had as primary objective to rescue them from a “brutal government’s army”.

Senator Lekunze, speaking after leading a delegation to solicit help from the government says the days of the red dragons and field marshal are numbered

It remains to be seen if the the government will finally recapture the area in a terrain which has proven difficult this far for the government.

The coronation of Rebel leader as “King” of Lebialem is seen as a massive humiliation to a government which  says it is in full control.

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