By Eric Tataw – Thursday July 4, 2019.
Global Affairs Canada, a department in the Canadian Government managing the country’s diplomatic and consular relations to encourage international trade, lead Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance has received Barrister Agbor Nkongho Balla, a Cameroonian Rights Lawyer, National Telegraph has been told.
Reports say the lawyer held a meeting with officials of the department, Monday July 1, 2019 at the department’ head office in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, East of Southern Ontario, near the city of Montréal and the U.S. border.
According to a secret stringer, Barrister Nkongho articulated Human Rights abuses in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West wrapped in a deadly armed conflict since 2017.
The meeting also focused on finding solutions to end the conflict through inclusive dialogue without preconditions. Discussions were also centered on the release of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, the President of the Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
AyukTabe is an outlawed President fighting for the restoration of the statehood of the former British Cameroon who together with nine other members of his government are held at the Kondegui Principal Prison, a high security detention facility in the country’s capital, Yaounde.
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 mass arrest of activists, 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.
Barrister Nkongho also called for the release of Prof Maurice Kamto, Chair of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM), officially charged on eight (8) counts including facing a death penalty, National Telegraph learned.
Prof Maurice Kamato, his closest party aides and allies, Christian Penda Ekoka, Albert Dzongang and, several other party activists were arrested at about 9:30 PM, Monday, January 28, 2019, at Albert Dzongang’s Residence situated at Mobile Guinness neighborhood, of Douala III Sub-division, Wouri Division in Cameroon’s Littoral Region before they were ferried to Yaoundé where they’re now standing trial.
Kamto competed in the country’s Presidential Elections and went on to declare he won. He later challenged the results at the country’s Constitutional Council where the Council’s ruling was considered by many Cameroonians as jaundiced. Kamto believes the Electoral Commission imputed figures to favour the incumbent especially as elections were boycotted in the North West and South West Regions buried in an armed conflict. Michele Ndoki, a famous female lawyer, also held in prison for same reasons as Kamto was also discussed.