By Eric Tataw – Thursday July 4, 2019.
Families and friends of some detainees in a detention facility in Bafoussam, West Region of Cameroon held within the blanket of the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West have sent bonny messages to the leader of the Ambazonia Independence Movement.
Reports say three cases were heard at the Bafoussam Military Tribunal, Monday July 1, 2019 with Lukong Fonyuy Alvin, Nanguin Sylvester and Njukang Collins facing numerous charges including those for terrorism against the State of Cameroon.
Family members and friends who spoke to National Telegraph Bafoussam Stringer thanked President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius for showing care, concern, sympathy and empathy despite his predicament as Cameroon’s most hated political prisoner.
They echoed that they were thanking the Ambazonia President for sending lawyers to defend their loved ones who are held without a crime. Barristers Alambi and Lukong Augustine were in court to enter appearances for them at the behest of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, family sources confirmed to National Telegraph.
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 are held at the Kondegui Principal Prison, a high security detention facility in the country’s capital, Yaounde.
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.
Armed separatists have also been accused of torture and human rights abuses according to a recent Human Rights Watch report but they’ve denied any wrongdoing, saying that government soldiers now dress like Ambazonia fighters, commit crimes and blame it on separatist.