By Eric Tataw – Saturday November 2, 2019.
One of the lawyers defending a Cameroonian Muslim activist who was arrested in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde has tasked the international communication to press for the release of the NERA10, National Telegraph has gathered.
Barrister Ayukotang Ndep Nkongho said Saturday November 2, 2019, a day after Abdulkarim Ali was released that Ali and the people of Southern Cameroons are thankful to major international bodies that mounted pressure for Ali’s release.
Ali was arrested on September 25, 2019, in Yaounde and taken to the State Defense Secretariat, SED but was released Friday November 1, 2019. Sources in Yaoundé told National Telegraph Ali’s release was long overdue. Félix Agbor Nkongho, a rights crusader and lawyer speaking to National Telegraph from his base in the Central African country confirmed the news.
Switzerland and the Swiss Embassy, Canada and the Canadian Embassy, America and the American Embassy, the United Nations and United Nations System in Cameroon, the Humanitarian Centre for Dialogue, the International Red Cross Geneva, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, are among those Ali’s lawyer appreciated.
The Lawyer also thanked the people of goodwill for intervening and securing Ali’s release. By your intervention, you have clearly dissociated yourself from the cruelty, arrogance and manipulations of La République du Cameroun and its partners in crime, the lawyer said in a statement.
“Your intervention has rekindled the hopes of the suffering and oppressed people of Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) and imposes a higher responsibility on You to secure the immediate release of; Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, Nfor Ngala Nfor, Tassang Wilfred Fombang, Henry Kimeng, Cornelius Njikimbi Kwanga, Fidelis Che, Che Augustine Awasum, Egbe Ogork, Eyambe Elias Ebai and Shufai Blaise Sevidzem Berinyuy.
NERA10 are the above mentioned persons said to be leaders of the Ambazonia Revolution who were illegally arrested in Nigeria in January 2018 and extradited to Cameroon, where they would later be jailed for life.
The Lawyer continued that; “Your intervention stimulates the trust of the suffering and oppressed people of Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) in universal morality and places a higher burden on You to secure the immediate release of Grace Mafuantem Anu, Beza Berist and all the other Southern Cameroonians (Ambazonians) abducted and incarcerated under terribly inhumane and degrading conditions by La République du Cameroun agents of wickedness.”
Ali also wrote a thank you message on his Facebook page after his release. “Allahu Akbar…Dear Southern Cameroonians, God answered your prayers. Your servant is free. God bless you.”
Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West are wrapped in a deadly armed conflict where armed groups are battling regular government soldiers to secure the Independence of their own country; Amabzonia.
About 2 million people, mostly women and children have been either internally displaced or living as refugees in Nigeria and other countries, way over thirteen thousands (13000) killed, over four hundred villages (400) burnt down by the Cameroon military with something in the neighbourhood of five thousand (5000) held as war prisoners across detention facilities in the country.