Cameroon: Bamenda Court Slams 15, 4-Year Prison Terms To Three ‘Ambazonians’

By Eric Tataw – Saturday July 13, 2019.

Barrister Awah Joseph Fru led a college of lawyers who defended English-speaking detainees at the Bamenda Military Tribunal, July 12, 2019.

The Bamenda Military Tribunal in the North West Region of the Central African country of Cameroon has on Friday July 12, 2019, handed down judgments in a case between the state of Cameroon and four residents of the country’s English-speaking regions, National Telegraph has confirmed.

Numvi Walters, Che Clovis, Tabukum Andrew and Kongnso Stephen, all accused and charged with Terrorism, Secession, Revolution and other offences which all carry sentences from ten (10) years upwards otherwise known as felonies have been handed down sentences.

Numvi Walters and Che Clovis were each sentenced to serve 15 years imprisonment and ordered to pay fines of three hundred thousand (300.000) and two hundred (200.000) F CFA respectively.

Kongnso Stephen’s charge was reclassified to failure to inform public authorities of the impending danger and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment with a fine of one hundred (100.000) F CFA whilst Tabukum Andrew was discharged and acquitted.

The case which was begun in 2015 by Barrister Shufai Blaise Sevidzem Berinyuy now in detention at the Kondengui Principal Prison among the ten separatist leaders and Barrister Harmony Bobga on exile in the United States was finally completed by a college of lawyers led by Barrister Awah Joseph Fru, National Telegraph has confirmed.

The other lawyers in court for the defense included Barristers Suh Fuh Benjamin, Alambi Gabriel and Fornkwa Paul Ndey who just returned to Cameroon as lawyer after service as High Court Judge in The Gambia, a source at the Bamenda Military Tribunal has told National Telegraph.

Numvi Walters a High School dropout, Che Clovis a student at Government Technical High School Bamenda and Tabukum Andrew a metal “Bender” as they call him were arrested in Bamenda sometime on May 7, 2015 for allegedly manufacturing bombs to blow up government structures including grandstands in Bamenda, Buea, Kumbo, Limbe and other localities to frustrate any celebrations for National Day, May 20, 2015.

Stephen Kongnso was arrested in his Kumbo residence as a suspect on Saturday  May 9, 2015 whilst another suspect who was later released after close to 7 months of incarceration and torture with them was Pa Vincent Jumbam a retired teacher and activist too was arrested from the Catholic Church To-oy in the outskirts of Kumbo during Holy Mass on morning of Sunday May 9, 2015.

Numvi Walters, a High School dropout, Che Clovis a student at Government Technical High School, Bamenda and Tabukum Andrew, a metal “Bender” as they call him were arrested in Bamenda sometime on May 7, 2015, for allegedly manufacturing bombs to blow off government structures including grandstands in Bamenda, Buea, Kumbo, Limbe and other localities to frustrate any celebrations for National Day, May 20, 2015.

Stephen Kongnso was arrested in his Kumbo residence as a suspect on Saturday  May 9, 2015, whilst another suspect who was later released after close to seven (7) months of incarceration and torture with them was Vincent Jumbam a retired teacher and activist too was arrested from the Catholic Church To-oy in the outskirts of Kumbo during Holy Mass on morning of Sunday May 9, 2015.



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