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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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Coronavirus: Mixed signals from Yaounde shows survival depends on you

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Earlier today Monday May 25th 2020, public health minister sent out a wake up call

He took to twitter to announce the worst is yet to come, saying we are entering a critical phase of the virus and more than ever before we need to respect government measures and keep social distancing to the best of our ability.

His message of social distancing and to avoid public places is consistent with his daily tweets to guard the public against contracting the deadly global pandemic.

The early morning tweet today though caries different underton, it signals we are yet to reach the peak of this virus,many more Cameroonians are likely to be infected and worst of all many more might die in the weeeks ahead especially as schools are planning to resume come June 1st 2020.

But his message of caution is in sharp contrast with government’s actions vis sa vis the fight against the virus

Government had rollback almost all the measures imposed in March to help curb the spread, deeming bars, hotels, restaurants, beeches, clubs and other services as essential and handed the burden of control back to business owners and citizens as the economy started to suffer under the weight of the lockdown.

What followed has been a spike in number of infected persons and deaths as many ignore social distancing and basic Hygienic calls

Same day government was announcing normalcy or near normalcy across the country, its public health minister was tweeting about the need for people to stay at home as much as they could, warning the risk of contracting the virus is higher and advising people to remain indoors and respect constant hygiene.

Today’s tweet on the eve of school resumption once again sadly reminds the population that the government is tasking them to fight for their very own survival amidst a deadly global pandemic

Cameroon has 4,890 infected cases this far, one of the highest in Africa.
1,865 have recovered while 165 persons have died according to latest official figures.

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Intelligent, nice and hardworking: A friend to Nkeng Lizette paints saint-like picture of deceased

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A very close friend to Nkeng Lizette, killed and abandoned at a student hostel in Buea has describe the girl as nice, hardworking and intelligent

Tifuh Sandrine who has known Lizette for years now was speaking to TeboPost this day May 25th 2020, saying her friend was anything but those she now reads on social media

She describe the deceased as reserved with strong facility values and says she was from a very comfortable home.

“ it’s pains me when I read online and Peoppe say she was dating men for me money” Tifuh told TeboPost before adding, she was from a very comfortable home, went to one of the most expensive universities in this country was was suppose to be abroad if not for coronavirus for her post graduate program

She wasn’t into men as people put it and wasn’t materialistic beceuse her family provided her with all her needs

Her remarks about the deceased is in sharp contrast to what has been trending on social media where reports say she was dating two boys for money and was allegedly killed by one of them

The corpse of Nkeng Lizette was found in a hostel in Buea on May 23 2020 while already at an advance stage of decomposition

Reports say she had been killed five days later by unidentified person(s).

She was immediately buried by the hygiene and sanitation unit of Buea council.

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June 1st School resumption: Teachers make demanding demands

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Teachers say they will Boycott June 1st School Resumption if Certain Conditions are not in Place by government to ensure smooth and safe teaching and learning  during the era of Covid-19

This is apparent from the document they issued during the week end where 19 Cameroon teachers syndicates including TAC and CATTU have declared that they will boycott the resumption of classes on June 1, 2020 if the conditions below are not met by the government

1. End of year exams be giving on basis of programs they have covered
2. Compulsory provision of sanitizer and face mask on campus
3. Risk allowance for teachers and allowance for overload
4. Not more than 24 students per class
4. Funds provided to schools to take care of health emergencies.
5. Remainder of school fees be paid to the schools among others

But amongst the numerous demands, the risk allowance for teachers has caught the eye of many Cameonians

Coming at a time when the nation like the rest of the world is suffering from the deadly pandemic, it’s only normal that teachers should fight for a safe learning space for their students and themselves

But demanding a risk allowance at a time when medics at the frontline are dying directly due to the virus and are yet to make any financial demands is seen by man as selfish in the part of the teachers

Many point to the fact that some of these teachers have not been teaching since 2016 when the Anglophone crisis started despite being paid their salaries in full and now are making strangulating demands before they go to class

Critics say Should government pay them risk allowance for teaching during the era or COVID-19, same allowance would have to be paid to all civil servants who risk their lives in one way or the other each day as they serve their nation.

Teachers they say are increasingly losing their sense of patriotism and all too often think only about their week being irrespective is the general interest.

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