By Eric Tataw with files from Manyu
A local administrator in Manyu, a war torn district in Cameroon’s embattled South West Region said Friday January 11, 2019, he would order soldiers to exterminate the local population. Joseph Oum II promised locals in a meeting at the Mamfe Town Hall that they would see the wrath of the military from Tuesday January 15, 2019 should they respect Ghost Town on Monday January 14, 2019.
The local population has been observing Ghost Towns every Mondays, following a timetable put in place by Anglophone Leaders demanding for the restoration of the Independence of the Former British Southern Cameroons. Since a peaceful protests turned into an armed conflict following Government’s crackdown on unarmed protesters, leaders of the Independence Movement have kept aside every Mondays for a sit-down strike during which all businesses and movements are grounded.
Joseph who attended the meeting with his retinue, vowed to devour the population with the military when he fiercely stated; “The army hasn’t started fighting any War just yet”. He lamented that no other Division observed a 4-day Ghost Town but for Manyu. He then stated categorically that he would shutdown hospitals, health centers and the entire Division so that none would have access to medical care, foods and other basic amenities.
Joseph forcefully shutdown the town on Friday to force everyone to attend the meeting, adding that Manyu is exaggerating the Ghost Towns, putting pressure on the Regime since Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius ( now referred to as President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia) held in Kondengui, a detention facility in Cameroon’s capital – Yaoundé is a Manyu Man. He insisted that Ayuk would rot in jail. A local who spoke to National Telegraph said Civil Disobedience is a fundamental Human Rights, insisting that the population is determined. He added that Monday would speak for itself. Many locals have also stocked their homes, indicating that they’re ready for the hell.
Joseph Oum II is known as first Cameroonian to have pulled the trigger that led to the present situation. Before now, he had signed a communique’, ordering over seventeen (17) villages to evacuate and those who dared to stay back for lack of means were all either killed or tortured by the military.
Eric Tataw for National Telegraph, USA
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