20, February 2018
A slow-moving ground offensive, the assault on Akwaya by French Cameroun government forces threatens to become a protracted standoff, deepening an already dire humanitarian situation. It could also prove costly for the Biya regime, diplomatically and militarily. So far, nearly 250 civilians in Akwaya, according to a sister publication Cameroon Intelligence Report have been killed. Seven children were killed in rocket attacks launched from Egbekaw on the Manyu River on the 10th of February 2018.
Chief Alana Valentine, Chief Odape Hans of Kajinga, Chief Dan and Chief Adejua Ndumbe of Meyerim villages in the Akwaya sub constituency have all escaped the fighting and are currently seeking refuge at the premises of the Divisional officer in Akwaya town. Cameroon Concord News gathered that the traditional rulers are wanted by the Amba Tigers for actions against the Ambazonia struggle.
We understand Chief Adejua Ndumbe of Meyerim village on the 10th of February escaped beatings and his palace was burnt down. For his part, Chief Odape Hans of Kajinga village who is the current Section President of the ruling CPDM party has been told to stay away from the village.
On the 11th of February, Ambazonia fighters were able to attacked the grand stand leaving one element of the Rapid Intervention Battalion and the principal of GTHS Akwaya with life threatening injuries. Civil servants in Akwaya have been asking for long term leave as the area has become ungovernable.
Akwaya Sub division is the biggest and oldest in Cameroon. It is made up of 99 villages and a majority of its citizens are now refugees in the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a result of the current socio- political crisis in Southern Cameroons.
By Judith Fon in Mamfe