24, July 2018
A senior aide to Acting President Samuel Ikome Sako has said that the Interim Government is preparing a response over recent shocking killings of Southern Cameroonians in Fako, Meme, Lebialem and Mezam Counties. The Ambazonian official who is currently in Southern Cameroons also underlined the need for an independent investigation into the carnage in Muyuka that led to the death of a Roman Catholic priest Rev. Father Sob.
In a telephone conversation with our correspondent in Buea, the President Sako senior adviser voiced concerns about tensions in Southern Cameroons over the past few months, which have seen French Cameroun government forces kill almost 300 Southern Cameroonians and injured dozens.
The Interim Government (IG) of the Federal of Ambazonia recently warned that the Biya regime military escalation has the potential to generate threats to peace even in French Cameroun. The Ambazonian Interim Government also noted that President Sako has ordered IG agents in both the Northern and Southern zones to advance accountability for the killings, as well as all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law.
Tensions have been running high along the border separating the Lebialem County and Dschang in French Cameroun with a Cameroon government official revealing that some 140 Ambazonian fighters serving with the Red Dragons were reportedly killed by Cameroon government forces.
The Southern Cameroons war reached its peak recently following an attack on defense minister Beti Assomo’s convoy. Political commentators have warned that the situation in Southern Cameroons may be severely aggravated in the coming months. It is anticipated that the October presidential elections could also further inflame tensions.
No UN official has criticized French Cameroun military activities in Southern Cameroons. The so-called African Union has also not condemned the Biya regime’s detention of thousands of Southern Cameroons children.
An estimated 865 Southern Cameroonians are being held in administrative detention in Kondengui and SED in Yaounde. Yaoundé has blatantly refused to charge or release all of them. The administrative detention is a form of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows the Biya Francophone regime to incarcerate Southern Cameroonians for an unlimited period.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai