12, January 2018
The family of the abducted President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia H.E. Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe from Abuja tearfully pleads with the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the international community to contact them and let them know that their husband and father is alive and safe.
“All we want is him to come back to us,” the abducted President’s wife said. “Sisiku, if you are out there listening, pick up the phone.”
Family members last heard from the President on January 5 at around 2:00 pm local time when they talked on phone. Since then, he is unreachable via his phone and he has not reached out to any family member.
According to eye witness accounts, the Ambazonia President and nine of his top aides were arrested by Nigerian security agents.
Below are the names and professional and legal information of those arrested.
1 / – Wilfred Tassang
Recently granted Asylum Status in Nigeria
2/ – Doctor Nfor Ngala Nfor
Political Asylum; – UN Refugee status;
3 / – Professor Awasom
US citizen; Teachers at a US University;
4 / – Doctor Cornelius Kwanga: PhD. Economics, Professor of Economics and Management
Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Nigeria.
Nigerian Permanent Resident’s Status,
5/ – Doctor Henry Kimeng: PhD, Civil Engineering, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria Nigerian Permanent Resident Status 6 / – Lawyer Elias Eyambe: Granted Asylum status In Nigeria, Member African Bar Association;
7 / – Lawyer Nalova Bih: Recently Granted asylum Status in Nigeria, Member, African Bar Association
8/ – Doctor Ojong Okongo: Former professor at a Nigerian University, Nigerian Citizen Now Works as a business owner in Nigeria.
9 / – Julius Ayuk Tabe: Computer Engineer
Nigerian Permanent Resident’s Status
10 /- Dr. Fidelis Nde Che
PhD. in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Professor at the American University of Nigeria in Yola
Adamawa State, Nigeria. Nigerian Permanent Resident
The President including nine of his aides were arrested at Nera Hotel in Abuja at around 8:00 pm during a crisis meeting to map out a strategy to provide support and improve living conditions of over 40,000 Southern Cameroonians who have fled to neighbouring Nigeria from military repression in across Ambazonia territory since October 2016 when independence sentiments started. In particular, President Paul Biya declared war on Manyu county residents on November 30, 2017.
Biya declaration was emphasized by a decree signed by his appointed Senior Divisional Officer in Manyu that ordered all residents in more than 27 villages to vacate the county within 24 hours. Barely 3 hours into the order, armed soldiers and paramilitary forces in war vehicles and helicopters were already in Manyu. Since then, there is ongoing targeted killing, arbitrary arrest, burning of homes and destruction of farms and businesses that contributes to mass migration.
President Ayuk Tabe and his government have been providing moral, spiritual, material and financial support to the refugees and he often visits them. Since his arrest, refugees are afraid Cameroon government officials will follow them into Nigeria and kill them all.
One week after the arrest of their leaders, the people of Ambazonia worldwide do not know yet what led to their President and aides arrest and are treating the case as a plan by La Republique du Cameroun government to derail the independence restoration movement. The current atmosphere across Ambazonia is tense and ripe with anger as youths and parents are waiting instructions from Ambazonia leadership to explode.
In the coming days, the insecurity and instability across Ambazonia and La Republique du Cameroun territories might escalate as more radical groups and the largely angry populations burst into sporadic and uncontrollable activities in respond to the arrest of President Seseku Julius Ayuk Tabe and his nine aides.
By Fru James in Abuja, Nigeria
NB: Fru James is a Cameroonian freelancer