By Maurice Ofah – Monday February 4, 2019.
A group of armed men who have identified themselves as Anglophone reservists opened fire on two civilians, killing one and injuring another in Buea, capital of Cameroon’s restive South West Region, Monday, February 4, 2019, locals say.
Anglophone minorities in Cameroon have been fighting against Paul Biya’s Regime for the Restoration of the Independence of Southern Cameroons as was granted in October 1961, National Telegraph has learned.
Reports say to emphasize their resolve, armed groups that emerged instituted Ghost Towns; routine civil disobedience in which all and sundry living within the territorial margins of the North West and South West are expected to observe. During this period, businesses are shut down and transportation paralyzed.
A source who spoke to National Telegraph from Njeiforbi Super Market in Molyko where the incident is said to have happened said the duet was shot for disrespecting the orders of the armed groups. After cautioning them for some minutes to no avail they reservists shot them, says another source.
One of the victims who died on the spot was carried by three of his friends for burial while the other who sustained gunshot injuries was been ferried to the Emergency Unit of the Buea Regional Hospital Annex, sources have said. Reports also suggest the scene of the incident has been heavily militarized and several youths have been arrested.
Prior to this incident, at about 12:05AM, Monday February 4, 2019, at around First Trust Bank, Soppo Buea, in response to a statement the Governor of the South West made, a group of armed men who identified themselves as Ambazonian fighters stormed the residence of Dr. Hannah Ngoto Etonde née Mbua, Regional Delegate of Secondary Education for South West and set her service car ablaze.
Bernard Okalia Bilai had issued a statement warning all government workers to show up on duty against the wishes of the armed groups that have announced what they call a National Lockdown in the two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West.
He was brutally murdered after over 50 unknown gunmen divided into separate groups invaded the village, simultaneously searching every corner before ransacking the residence of the soldier, killing him and setting his car ablaze,