By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Thursday, July 16, 2020.
Rebels in Cameroon’s South West Region have burnt down the house of Esong William Ebangha, a 1st grade Superintendent of Police, late Thursday July 16, 2020, GMT+1, National Telegraph has confirmed.
The incident occurred when an unspecified number of non-state actors stormed Laterite Pit, a locale in Mamfe town in Cameroon’s Manyu Division, South West of the Central Africa country.
Eyewitnesses say the rebels overpowered government forces after serious shootings. sentinels placed on watch at the residence were seriously beaten, adds an eyewitness.
Ebangha worked at the Mamfe Public Security Police but was transferred to Muyuka, in Fako Division, still in the South West last year.
The attacks in Mamfe come just hours after the appeal case of separatist leader, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and nine others jailed for life in the country’s capital, Yaoundé was adjourned to Thursday August 20, 2020.
Cameroon is struggling to contain a 3-year-old armed conflict in its English-speaking regions where rebels want the new state of Ambazonia.
At least 14.000 people have been killed, over 500 villages razed with more than a million persons have been either internationally displaced or as refugees since the beginning of the conflict in 2016. Several others have been detained.
On July 2, 2020, the rebels led by their leader, Sisiku held a meeting with representatives of the Cameroon government in the country’s capital following a United Nations call for a global ceasefire.