By Eric Tataw – Thursday July 4, 2019.
A Cameroonian activist advocating for the country’s two English-speaking regions of the South West and North West to breakaway and restore their independence as it was in 1961 has made a first court appearance, Thursday July 4, 2019, dressed in the Ambazonia Flag, National Telegraph has been told.
Fritz Takang fondly called Bush Hunter appeared at the Yaounde Military Court after many months in solitary confinement at SED, the country’s National Gendarmerie headquarters in the nation’s capital Yaounde dressed in long sleeve blue and white shirt with dark glasses, looking extremely confident, said a source to National Telegraph.
Fritz was transferred late Tuesday June 25, 2019 to the Kondengui Central Prison, another high security detention unit still in the capital. According to our sources, the firebrand activist was arrested, January 7, 2019, in Ekok, a Cameroonian border town sharing boundaries with Ikom in Nigeria.
Fritz is also a Pastor and a writer known for his popular book; Destiny Encounter. He’s also well-known for his fine and well-articulated activism. Reports say his arrest isn’t unconnected to an order from the Presidency. The Activist left Italy for Nigeria since August of 2018 till date, said a close friend.
During his arrest, he was detained in a unit in Manyu, a war-torn precinct in the country’s South West before his transfer to another detention center in Buea, the Region’s capital where he was finally moved to SED in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital.
In a related development, the population of Ntenako, a village Manyu Division has called for solidarity among its countrymen in Buea. A source told National Telegraph, Mbi John Eyongasu and Ako Stephen currently awaiting trial at the Central Prison in Buea would be appearing before the Buea Military Tribunal, July 4. Ntenako sons and daughters in and around Buea should take note, a message from a WhatsApp group said, adding that “your presence will surely go along way to boost their morale.”
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.