By Eric Tataw – Saturday July 27, 2019.
A top Anglophone Lawyer and a member of the regular 35-man team of lawyers defending Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, leader of the Anglophone separatist movement and other members of his cabinet fondly called the Nera 10 detained in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, has been beaten to coma, National Telegraph has been told.
Barrister Amungwa Tanyi has been beaten in Biyem Amssi, a precinct in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, late Saturday July 27, 2019, eyewitnesses have told National Telegraph, adding that he was beaten after the gendarmes simply recognized he’s from Cameroon’s English-speaking regions
Other sources confirmed he was seriously beaten, adding that he went unconscious he was dumped into the trunk of a Gendarmerie Hilux. Barrister Amungwa is the head of the Communication team of the Anglophone Seperatist leaders. He organizes all the press conferences and print media publications, sources have confirmed.
Reports say he was beaten with such high levels of indignity. The government of Cameroon has been targeting those regarded as supporters of Ambazonia. Many of such persons are abducted, jailed or killed in accidental discharges, said a source.
Lawyers say this action of the government has grave implications on an upcoming court session this Monday July 29, 2019. Many others say he was targeted by government in order to undermine the session.
On Tuesday July 23, 2019, a military court in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde adjourned the case of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, the President of the Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, an outlawed government fighting for the restoration of the statehood of the former British Cameroon and nine other members of his government to Monday July, 29, 2019.
Judges cited an incident that happened at the Kondengui Central Prison, a high security detention facility close to the Kondengui Principal Prison, another high security detention facility where Sisiku et alai are being held. The case is expected to resume this Monday before the Communication Officer of the Defense Counsel is put in such unbelievable state by state agents.
There was an uproar at the Central Prison in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital where Ambazonia detainees were demanding for their release and an end of an armed conflict in the country’s North West and South West.
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and eleven others were arrested in Nera, a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday, January 5, 2018. Ten of them would later be extradited to Yaoundé, an act that has been described as a bootleg. They’re being accused of fueling the armed conflict that has broken out in the two English-speaking regions. They’ve all denounced their Cameroonian Nationality, insisting that they’re of Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia, a self-proclaimed new nation.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia as it was in 1961. Many are now asking the International Community to look at the root cause of the conflict from 1961.