The Southern Cameroons Special Tribunal Coordination Committee (SCSTCC) has announced it first Accusation. Adolphe Lele Lafrique, governor of the Northwest Province of the Republic of Cameroon, has been accused of war crimes to with.
Lafrique is the ultimate civil authority in the Northwest Province of the Republic of Cameroon which along with the Southwest Province composes the self-declared Republic of Ambazonia. He is responsible for the welfare of noncombatants and civil property.
In 2018 Lafrique announced a plan to crush all Ambazonian secessionists without mercy and deployed units of the elite Battalion D’intervention Rapide (BIR) to militarily engage and eliminate so called Ambazonian secessionists. BIR has been equipped and trained in part by the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) to fight Boko Haram. Amnesty International has documented numerous BIR violations of human rights, including summary execution, brutality and torture by BIR units. SCTCC is in the process of gathering and investigating additional information about BIR including destruction of villages, crimes against women and children, and looting.
By calling in BIR troops trained and equipped to fight Boko Haram terrorists, Lafrique knowingly exposed noncombatants to harm. BIR had already acquired a reputation for brutality in the Boko Haram campaign. By calling for BIR to crush the lightly and unarmed armed secessionists, Lafrique in no uncertain terms consigned civilians to death and created tens of thousands of internally displaced persons.
According to the SCSTCC Coordinator Dr. Jonathan Levy, the announcement of the Accusation against Adolphe Lele Lafrique was prompted by recent reports of brutality against civilians by government forces in the Kumbo town region of the Northwest Province. Dr. Levy reports that investigations and evidence gathering is ongoing against Lafrique and many others and that the SCSTCC will immediately start disseminating the particulars of the Lafrique dossier to accredited national and international war crimes units, international government organizations and will be laying criminal charges in third countries against the governor
The Special Tribunal Committee has received a mandate from several Ambazonian organizations and their supporters to collect evidence, carry out investigations, and prosecute using any and all means possible including the national courts of third countries and international tribunals. The Special Tribunal Committee will also contact other national war crimes units with their findings and will seek visa bans, asset forteitures and sanctions on implicated individuals and organizations.
The initial backers of the Special Tribunal include the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), the Southern Cameroons Defense Force (SOCADEF), the Ambazonia Governing Council (AGC), the African Peoples Liberation Movement (APLM), the Organization of Emerging African States (OEAS) and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium.
For more information contact:
Dr. Jonathan Levy, Coordinator
Prof. Clement Chidi-Ife Chigbo, Deputy Coordinator
Tel +1 202 470 4337
Fax +1 202 478 1970