By Eric Tataw – Thursday September 19, 2019.
News of an armed group claiming responsibility over what they call the arrest of an administrative authority in the restive North West Region of Cameroon spread like wildfire, late Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
According to one of the armed groups battling Cameroon soldiers in an ongoing armed conflict in the country’s two English-speaking regions, Fouda Etaba Nicaise, Divisional Officer for Mbengwi was arrested by its special elite unit.
Several social media platforms reported that the Ambazonia Defense Forces, ADF arrested the D.O and charged him with several counts from burning of Ambazonian villages, killing of innocent civilians, kidnapping, to among other acts of Genocide.
However, after National Telegraph opened up investigations, a secret stringer has authoritatively confirmed that the said DO was never picked up neither has any such thing occurred in Momo, the district from where the DO is part of a section.
Another finding made by National Telegraph is that Mbengwi which is the capital of Momo Division, is also the capital of Mbengwi Central, one of the five Sub-Divisions that make up Momo now plays host to three administrators instead of the usual two.
It has the Senior Divisional Officer for Momo, (Monono Absalom), Divisional Officer for Mbengwi Central (Fouda Etaba Nicaise) and DO of nearby Njikwa. Concious Numfor Suh has been operating away from his duty post in Njikwa for security concerns. He now stays in Mbengwi, National Telegraph has confirmed.
In all, there’re five Sub-Divisions in Momo Division; Mbengwi Central, Batibo, Widikum, Ngie and Njikwa. As at the time of publishing this report on Thursday September 19, 2019, all five DOs and the SDO were fine and none was arrested as purported by social media reports the previous day.
This isn’t the first time the said ADF has blatantly spread lies about a thing it has done either by claiming victories like this or exhibiting weapons on social media, that has always ended up it owns none. The last scandal was one of its members posting guns from a police website in South Africa and calling them new arrivals into the ADF collection of special rifles.
Even its top manager, Dr Cho Lucas Ayaba has been accused of taking part and enjoying these cheap propaganda. Dr Cho had posted on his Facebook timeline; “I’ve Been Brief” before his supporters flooded social media platforms with the Fake DO Story to corroborate Dr Cho’s post.
Dr Cho has not made any further statements since the news broke out but he has not also debunked the Fake News. However, well-known ADF personnel have posted and made live videos confirming the Breaking Fake News.
Insecurity has greatly increased in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon with Anglophone armed groups fighting for the Restoration of the statehood of Ambazonia, a self-declared independent country the rebels are trying to establish in the Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions.
It started 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 the separate state as it was in 1961. Many are now asking the International Community to look at the root cause of the conflict from 1961, National Telegraph has learned.
Thousands of unarmed civilians have been killed, hundreds of houses torched, more than a million displaced either as refugees or Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs) while thousands have been imprisoned. On August 20, 2019, a military court in the country’s capital, Yaounde slammed life sentence to the leader of the separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and nine members of his retinue.