Justice Ayah’s shocking rendition: “Bangourain raids and Ivo’s killing both bear hallmarks of insider operations”
In less than two weeks, two major incidents have seized national media coverage even as the country joins the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas holiday
First it was the killing of Ambazonian general Ivo in his Teke base, Meme division, South West region of Cameroon in what many say was a betrayal by his own fighters while others say he died after a military raid at his base
But as the nation was digesting the news of the demise of one of the most feared fighters of the armed struggle, another shocking news emerge on 26th of December
More than 300 armed men have reportedly entered into the village of Bangourain, West region of the country, destroyed over 80 houses, kidnaped not less than 15 persons and killed one, government says
Attackers of the Bangourain raid are alleged to be members of the Ambazonian armed movement and the government has responded swiftly and immediately, vowing to bring back order, reconstruct the burnt houses and increase security there.
But many are not buying the government story line, in his piece titled “probabilities” government critic and revered former chief justice Ayah Paul Abine puts the two stories into perspective and says both looks like insider jobs
In our school days, many students found PROBABILITIES the area of Mathematics highly complex and discouraging. Camerouoon today appears to be no less: curious and confounding. While Mathematics is static, the latter situation is dynamic; and that only adds to the complexity of the equation. Just two contemporary situations would illustrate the point amply.
If the corpse paraded on the social media is truly that of General Ivo, he was shot (or stabbed) in the left side of the neck. By coincidence or by design, the first casualty at Bangourain was also stabbed in the same side of the neck.
It is alleged that 100 (one hundred) BIR soldiers stormed General Ivo’s camp and killed him alone. A similar force, more or less, raided Bangourain and killed a single person. The difference is that, either there was no collateral damage in the raid of General Ivo’s camp or it was not reported. But in the case of Bangourain, more than three scores of houses were reportedly burnt down.
The most curious similarities of the two raids are that only one person was killed in either case. It is most improbable (perhaps, not even possible) that a general would be alone, (without, at least, a body guard), any one time, (even at night), much less in a camp or wherever else in a war zone. So, where was or what happened to General Ivo’s body guard at the time he was killed? And if BIR soldiers walked into the camp without resistance, were they given a safe passage? Now that our soldiers are wont to display even pencils, chalk and exercise books recovered from raiding ‘Amba camps’, why was nothing recovered, or, at least, displayed in the case of General Ivo? What about General Ivo’s gun, given that photos are systematically ever taken of the corpses of ‘Amba Boys’ with Dane guns on or beside them?
And the questions can go on and on but for brevity!
As regards Bangourain, how would ‘terrorists’ raid a settlement, reduce scores of houses into ashes, but end up killing a single person? In warfare and even in commonsense, who is that soldier (assailant) who would kill and leave behind his weapon in the currency of the attack like the knife in the neck of the victim? If, as per eye-witnesses, there were gun shots during the raid, why did the killer risk his own life by killing with a knife rather than killing at a safe distance with a gun?
Why? Why? And why?
A number of raids have been reported in the Littoral Region with gendarmerie brigades burnt down when Atanagananji was already a minister. In some such cases, several persons were said to have been killed and/or kidnapped. Except we missed the event, on no one such occasion did Mr. Social Minister visit the scene with relief supplies for the victims. In the case of Bangourain, the government’s celebrated inertia was quickly sloughed off and here was Mr. Immaculate Minister at the scene with huge relief supplies and adorned with the promise to send the army for protection!!!
No proactive authority would wait for damage to be done before reacting! You declare a war. Fighting is at your doorstep. You wait for your house to be set on fire before you think about putting your defensive plan in place, let alone, taking preemptive measures? Where were the soldiers, the gendarmes or the police during the raid so proximate to a war zone? Is there no network at Bangourain so that even the village head, or any other villager, could have called to raise an alarm?
All in all, the killing of General Ivo and the raid on Bangourain both bear the hallmarks of insider operations – the settling of scores in the one case, and stage-management in the other. And juxtaposing the situations with the clannish devilish enterprise of divide and rule’, together with the media onslaught against the Bamilekes, it can fairly be deduced that the raid on Bangourain was calculated to produce double effects: estrange Francophones from the Anglophones, and take the war to the Bamileke doorstep!