By Eric Tatw – Monday May 13, 2019.
A total of one hundred and forty-six (146) English-speaking Cameroonians from the restive North West and South West Regions held at the New Bell Central Prison in Douala, headquarters of Cameroon’s Littoral Region would appear at the Military Tribunal at Bonanjo, Douala, Monday May 13, 2019, National Telegraph has learned.
Barrister Fru John Nsoh, lead lawyer of all Anglophone detained within the present dispensation of the armed conflict in the English-speaking regions told National Telegraph early Monday May 13, 2019.
The case was adjourned from April 15, 2019 to Monday May 13, 2019, Barrister Fru said while speaking from the military tribunal, adding that Paul Biya, Cameroon’s President is hypocritical owing to the fact that he posted on social media, talking about forgiveness while still holding innocent children in jail.
For the first time in three years since an armed conflict broke out in the two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West, Paul Biya, used the word “Forgive”
Paul Biya, 86, Cameroon’s President since 1982 posted a statement on his official Facebook Page, talking about forgiving and forgetting as the most important thing in Cameroon, urging Cameroonians to look at the future and forget the past.
“The important thing, today, is to forgive and forget, to tender together towards a common goal. We cannot, at the same time, look at the future and live in the past. Mutual forgiveness is the path that leads to sustainable peace.”, Paul Biya said in a Facebook post, Tuesday May 7, 2019.
Barrister Fru said the Paul Biya Regime can’t be talking of forgiving and forgetting while many more still move to the courts standing trial for political reasons.
He also threw jokes at Cameroon’s Prime Minister by asking that instead of asking children from the North West and South West running away from what he described as military barbarism, while don’t he ask for the release of those held in detention for zero crime committed.
The Prime Minister is in the two English-speaking Regions in which during his visit to Bamenda and few other parts of the North West, was quick to ask for a return to normalcy and for the fleeing population to come out of the bushes.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.
Gun battles have ensued and the government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violation, including targeted killings and the burning down of entire villages according to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo and just recently, The Human Rights Watch.