13, November 2019
The French Cameroun regime in Yaoundé has arrested dozens of Southern Cameroons activists in Mezam, Fako, Ndian, Manyu, Kupe Muanenguba and Bui counties some few months after sentencing the Ambazonia leader President Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his top aides to life in prison.
Many of the Southern Cameroons citizens arrested have been moved to detention facilities in French Cameroun local Ambazonia media reported.
A French Cameroun state counsel who issued the recent arrest orders on Saturday was quoted as saying that the Southern Cameroonians were aiding separatists’ fighters.
Last week, 13 Southern Cameroonians civilians including a prominent Pentecostal pastor were again arrested in the Akwaya sub constituency in Manyu after a Francophone military commander ordered the magistrate to overturn a previous acquittal.
In a situation described by the International Crisis Group as a travesty of justice, the Biya regime has secretly barred members of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium from running in parliamentary and municipal elections coming up early next year.
The ruling CPDM crime syndicate has maintained a heavy-handed crackdown on Southern Cameroons protests since the so-called one and indivisible Cameroon was hit by an anti-French Cameroun uprising in 2017.
France and the President Buhari administration in the Federal Republic of Nigeria have been helping Yaoundé in the crackdown. So far more than 20,000 Southern Cameroonians have been killed and thousands of others are in jails.
By Rita Akana and Kingsley Betek