Compiled By Beltha Mokube – Saturday February 9, 2019.
Hon Abdul Oroh is a Nigerian Lawyer and politician and also onetime Journalist with The Guardian, Vanguard, This Week Magazine, amongst others.
He’s one of the main Lawyers of the Barrister Femi Falana Defense Team that has sued the Nigerian Government over what they describe as illegal deportation of Anglophone Pro-Independence leaders.
Barrister Oroh made a special trip to Yaoundé, carrying documents from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees showing Pro-Independence leaders are refugees at the time of their arrests in Nigeria and repatriation to Cameroon.
Barrister Oroh attended his second court session at the Yaoundé Military Court, Thursday, February 7, 2019, and opined that Cameroon is instead the one standing trial. This is what he wrote from his observation at the hearing:
“The bi-jural, bi-lingual, Milito-cratic character of the Cameroonian state, was yesterday (Thursday, February 7, 2019) brought to trial at the Yaoundé Military Tribunal.
The language of the prosecution, the judge and assessors were French, while the defense lawyers and accused persons stuck to English.
The judge, an army colonel insisted that the ” language of the Cameroonian Military is French”. The defense team, citing the constitution of Cameroon, the penal code and the Code of military justice disputed this.
The defense asked for English-speaking judges and called the judge to step down. The colonel refused to rule on this. He simply rose for about an hour, apparently for “launch or to take orders from his superiors” according to one skeptical defense lawyer.
The colonel returned to adjourned the case to February 20 when three qualified interpreters would be brought to court. Cameroon is on trial and the world is watching.
In spite of the refusal of the court to admit journalists from the BBC, Radio France Internationale and Equinoxe, a pro-Ambazonia station to the courtroom.
The accused persons Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and nine other Southern Cameroonian leaders abducted in Nigeria a year ago, were to show proof yesterday that they were refugees and asylum seekers in Nigeria.
The leaders are facing terrorism-related charges. Yesterday’s proceeding was witnessed by diplomats from the US, Belgium, UK and Nigerian Missions, and representatives of the African Union and European Union. Cameroon is on trial and the world is watching!”
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius was leading the Independence Movement in Nigeria before he was arrested in Abuja with nine of his comrades and extradited to Cameroon.
Armed groups have emerged battling with pro-regime soldiers as they aim to uphold the creation of a new country; Ambazonia that’s outlawed to the Cameroon government. The Biya administration has blamed the insurgency on Sisiku and others.