By Beltha Mokube – Monday January 28, 2019
At least four known foreigners have been killed by the Cameroon military over the months since the beginning of an armed conflict in the English-speaking Regions of the country after an incident that happened in Bamenda, capital of Cameroon’s North West Region. Residents from Bamenda have circulated a gruesome picture of a Nigerian merchant killed in Bamenda, Monday, January 28, 2019, on-the-ground reports say.
Locals say the victim, Obasi Emmanuel was in his
The military is said to have mistaken the victim for a Pro-independence fighter around Travelers, a popular precinct in Bamenda. Reports say the Nigerian was unarmed and posed no danger to the trigger-ready soldiers who opened fire, shooting and killing him on spot, National Telegraph has learned.
Elsewhere in the North West, dozens of soldiers have been deployed to Bafut, another not-too-distant war-torn town from Bamenda. Soldiers were spotted around Nsem heading towards the Fon’s palace located at Bujong. They reportedly filled up a bridge at the former police station to cross over to the main town, sources have
Heavy gunshots have been heard indicating a confrontation between the soldiers and armed groups in the area. A military helicopter, locals say hovered over the town, appeared to have been looking for Pro-independence fighters. It’s unclear whether the victims are soldiers, Pro-independence fighters or civilians, but, four persons are already confirmed dead.
Before the demise of the Nigerian merchant, at about 3 PM, Wednesday, November 21, 2018, in Kembong, Eyumojock Sub-Division in Manyu Division in the South West Region of embattled Cameroon another foreign was killed, a Missionary, Fr. Cosmas Omboto Ondari, a Mill Hill Priest from Kenya, serving as the Parochial Vicar of the St Martin of Tours Parish in Kembong, some few kilometers from Mamfe, the headquarters of Manyu was also shot and killed by the military.
The Man of God was shot twice by the Cameroonian military as he stood in front of the Church directly on the left side of his chest and around his private part. He died on the spot and was preserved at about
However, the Bishop of Mamfe, Andrew Nkea granted an interview on BBC, where he testified soldiers shot and killed the priest. Another Missionary, Charles Trumann Wesco, an American was also shot and killed by Cameroonian military in Bambui in the North West Region of coutry,
Before the Wesco incident, the military had shot and killed a Ghanaian Missionary. Apostle Isaac Attoh of the Destiny Impact Ministry was shot and killed on Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Batibo, another war-torn town in the unruly North West Region of Cameroon. The killing of the Nigerian merchant now brings the official number of foreigners killed by the Cameroon military to four.
Other than the foreign priests, on Friday, July 20, 2018, the Cameroonian military opened fire on another Priest. Rev Fr. Alexander Sob Nougi, Former Education Secretary for the Diocese of Buea who at the time of his death was Parish Priest of Bomaka in Buea was shot in Muyuka, another unruly town in the South West. Some seminarians have also been shot dead. Priests and Rev Sisters have been victims of gunshot wounds.
Churches and Hospitals have been attacked by the military like the recent case of Abuh, a village in the outskirts of Bamenda. All these are just a little of the many alarming things happening in the two English-speaking Regions of Cameroon whose residents took up arms against a predominantly French-speaking government especially after President Paul Biya declared war when his administration rejected dialogue to address basic socio-political grievances of the lawyers, teachers and the common man.