By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA – Friday, December 13, 2019.
A well-placed Factfinder in the United States who’s very familiar and in close contact with top US diplomats has revealed to National Telegraph the name and mission of a US Airforce Plane on Cameroon soil that sparked controversial debates on social media late Thursday, December 12, 2019.
Several social media platforms posted pictures of a US Airforce plane purported to have landed in an airport in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde. The same platforms insinuated the plane was part of a mission to ensure Cameroon’s President respects a 72-hour deadline to withdraw troops in the country’s two English-speaking regions.
According to a video circulated online, the US Congress unanimously approved a resolution that authorised the President of the United States, the US Department of Defense, the US State Department to take immediate action against Cameroon.
The video continued that the Resolution gave powers to above-mentioned organs to force the Cameroon government to take its military out of the country’s North West and South West or Southern Cameroons (according to the video)
It furthers that major safe landing areas within the regions, including Mamfe, Tiko, Bafut, all abandoned airports within these two Eglish-speaking regions will be taken over by the US. The broadcaster then claimed a military jet has landed in Cameroon to respect the mission of enforcing the 72-hour deadline.
Our Factfinder confirmed the presence of the US plane in Cameroon but classified news of its mission as stated in the video as a hoax. The Factfinder identified the aircraft as the 437th Airlift Wing.
The 437th Airlift Wing is an active unit of the United States Air Force, assigned to 18th Air Force, Air Mobility Command. It is the mission wing at Charleston Air Force Base, Joint Base Charleston, in the City of North Charleston, South Carolina.
According to our Factfinder and other well-placed sources with contacts within top US circles, the plane is there for troop rotations. The US troops are still on the ground in Cameroon and has nothing to do with diplomacy or related to the crisis in the North West and South West.
The plane has been there for some time and there have been many aircraft there before. Spreading such misinformation does a great disservice to the Ambazonia Revolution as it makes the US not want to do anything regarding it due to this misinformation, the Factfinder told National Telegraph.
Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions are engulfed in an armed conflict with a demand by the majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.
Thousands have so far died, many villages torched with millions of displaced people and thousands of political prisoners resulting from the conflict that is now in its third year.