Ambazonians forced out of their homes by the brutality of La Republique du Cameroun (LRC), and now seeking refuge in Nigeria, have rejected a planned humanitarian assistance visit to their refugee camps by the LRC government.
In a two-paged strongly worded letter addressed to the Nigeria Resident Representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the Ambazonians say refugees and asylum seekers in Nigeria, would never trust the Yaoundé regime.
According to the letter dated June 29 2018, and signed by eleven representatives of the refugees, the Ambazonians blame the Biya government for putting them into such deterrent position, yet, they have done nothing to avert the situation. They stated clear in the letter that they would not accept anything from LRC.
“We wish to use your respectable office to inform the government of Cameroun headed by Mr. Biya, that the problem of the refugee and asylum seekers in Nigeria is not food/ humanitarian aid. Though we may be hungry, we the refugees and asylum seekers will not accept any visit, aid or foodstuffs considered by us to be poisonous, from the Yaoundé regime,” the letter read in part.
Lamenting on the fact that Paul Biya of LRC initiated a war against Ambazonians and has since been killing innocent citizens, the international community has maintained a suspicious silence. They used the opportunity to call on the international community to mount huge pressure on Biya and his cohorts, so that the continuous raining of Ambazonia with blood, shall end.
“The war declared by President Biya of Cameroun on 30th November 2017 on the Southern Cameroons and its people is still on very high gear. As we write, more than sixty villages have been razed by soldiers and the burning of other property is still ongoing. There are currently rampant and indiscriminate arrests/ kidnap/ abduction of our compatriots, extortion, rape, targeted killings, outrage massacre of innocent civilians and it is on the increase. We are writing to you at a time when thousands have been killed by Cameroun soldiers, more than 200, 000 have been internally displaced and more than 20, 000 Southern Cameroonians are being forced every day to flee and seek refuge in Nigeria and elsewhere,” they added.
They went ahead to say that, “If the government of Mr. Biya insists to pay any such visit to the refugee camps, we would have a strong feeling the UNHCR is in a conspiracy with Nigeria and Cameroun to violate our rights not to accept to be visited. We cannot predict what would be the immediate reaction of the thousands of refugees who just want to return to their country.”
The refugees urge the international community to come to their aid. They request more pressure be mounted on LRC, for a number of reasons.
“The Yaoundé government must first declare an end to the war it started on the people of the Southern Cameroons; Unconditional Release of all Southern Cameroonians and pro-independence activists, from prison/ detention cells in Yaoundé and other cities/ towns; Withdrawal of all government forces/ demilitarizes the Southern Cameroons; Proceed to accept negotiations to end the war declared on us and our people in the presence of the UN, AU and other parties on neutral grounds, and Grant amnesty to those on exile,” They expatiated.
The Ambazonian refugees also urged the UN to protect them from forceful repatriation by the Nigerian government, on grounds of complying to LRC’s demand.
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By Lucas Muma,
Managing Editor – BaretaNews
Stubborn Ekema Once Again Threatens Buea Business Community, Provokes Another Instability
The stubborn Mayor of Buea Municipality has issued another communique threatening the Buea business community that their business places shall be sealed if they listen to any Ghost town calls from those he termed “certain individuals”. This call reminds the people of his boastful supervision of Ghost towns in Buea wherein he was no where to be found leading to heavy casualties on the sides of La Republique Du Cameroun military. This call is coming at a time ghost town fever has gripped the entire Southern Cameroons-Ambazonia. Is Ekema and Cameroun military trying to set a trap for Southern Cameroons Restoration Forces to visit Buea on Monday again? Is it that he hates when Denizens in Buea are without gun shots? The future is pregnant.
It should be recalled that just two weeks ago Patrick Ekema caused the death of 6 policemen in Buea Municipality when he ran his mouth over many TV stations, print media insinuating that Ghost towns in his municipality must come to a halt. As a result, Southern Cameroons Restoration Forces were out visiting Buea to make sure no one listens to the Mayor. As a result of this provocation, a gun battle between Restoration forces and La Republique Du Cameroun military led to the death of 6 police officers. Popular opinions hold that like other areas, should the mayor not provoked the restoration forces with his claims, ghost towns should have been observed with all serenity. Political commentators now think that Mayor Ekema is deliberately causing instability in Buea.
Worthy of note is that Ghost towns have been running for almost two years now. It’s the people’s civil disobedience day wherein all shops, businesses and transports remain shut down across the entire Southern Cameroons. Will the people of Buea listen to Mayor Ekema this time around? Monday 23rd July shall speak for itself. As for this platform, we continue to call on every Southern Cameroonians to observe this day.
The Murder of Felix Ngang: The Thieves Spoke French
The Murder of Felix Ngang: The Thieves Spoke French
Southern Cameroonians got up this morning today July, 18 2018 very shocked of the passing away of Felix Ngang, proprietor Of Miss Bright Hotel Buea. He passed on last night after he was visited and attacked by thieves.
Eyewitness reports have that Mr. Felix Ngang, proprietor of Miss Bright Hotel was never shot. He was attacked by thieves who spoke entirely in French. They hit him on the neck, signs show. An attempt to jump through a back widow on the balcony of the first floor, he poorly fell and injured his head. Denizens rushed him to the hospital where he gave up the ghost as a result of internal bleeding.
Though BaretaNews cannot still independently verify this as this is still a developing story, however, this is what most Denizens in Bomaka, a local government area in Fako County are saying according to multiple reports.
It should be noted that Mr. Felix who is originally from Mandenkwe in the Northern zone is a bonafide Soppo boy married to a queen from the Manyu County who is presently in the United States due birth of their new baby. Mr. Felix had won the contract to build Kumba University and was supposed to be flying to the states in few days time to meet his wife and family.
The thieves who had a mission had cut his life short. There is more to this that meets the eyes. We continue to ask God to receive his soul and give his killers no rest until justice is done.
Malian Government, Amnesty Int’l Isolate LRC Over Military Extrajudicial Killings
The Malian Government has issued a press release debunking attribution of an arbitrary execution attributed to its army, Forces Armées Maliennes, (FAMAs) portrayed in a video that has gone viral online.
The Statement debunking the video was issued on Saturday July 12, following a massive outrage from human rights organisations operating in the country and the international community. The video depicts hooded women with children on their backs being executed by members of a regular military force.
The action which was described as horrendous is attributed to the military of La Republique du Cameroun (LRC) fighting Boko Haram in the Far North. LRC’s Communication Minister and Government Spokesman, Issa Tchiroma Bakary had refuted allegations, attributing it to the Sahelian country.
Reacting to the gruesome killings, Malian authorities point out that it “is the same footage which has sparked a heated debate in a Central African country attributing these deeds to Mali’s Armed Forces,” while stating that it is a ploy to soil the image of their nation and destabilise internal activities within their territory.
LRC Carried-out the Extrajudicial Killings Amnesty Int’l
Meantime, the human rights non-governmental organisation, Amnesty International, AI, has said credible evidence shows that the LRC military personnel is responsible for the shocking extrajudicial executions caught on video in the Far North
An investigation by their experts, according to them, gathered credible evidence that it was LRC soldiers in the video carrying out the horrific extrajudicial execution of two women and two young children.
Extensive analysis of the weapons, dialogue and uniforms that feature on the video, according to AI, paired with digital verification techniques and testimonies taken from the ground, all strongly suggest that the perpetrators of the executions are LRC soldiers.
“The Camerounian authorities’ initial claim that this shocking video is fake simply doesn’t stand up for scrutiny. We can provide credible evidence to the contrary. Given the gravity of these horrific acts-the cold-blooded and calculated slaughter of women and young children – these hasty and dismissive denials cast serious doubt
over whether any investigation will be genuine,”said Samira Daoud, Deputy Director of AI, West African Office.
The video, according to AI, shows the soldiers using Galil and Kalashnikov-style
“While AK-type weapons are common, the Galil, the weapon specifically used in the execution, is comparatively rare and distinctive. The Small Arms Survey lists the Galil as only ‘occasional’ in sub-Saharan Africa among Governments, and as unknown among State actors. The only force in the area carrying Galils are a small subset of the Cameroon Army,” the report stated.
The master corporal’s uniform, to AI, is a tiger stripe pattern that is standard among LRC regular army.
“The other soldiers are wearing black shirts and green-and-black woodland pants. While the Ministry of Communication claims that the mixed and causal nature of the uniforms indicates a lack of authenticity. AI investigators have found the opposite. Mixed and partial uniforms are common among personnel, especially in remote areas where this incident took place. Soldiers in the Far North Region wearing casual flip-flops and T-shirts as
well as mix of tiger stripe print and woodland print can be clearly seen in the videos,” AI’s report explained.
Before AI’s report, the Minister of Communication, Tchiroma, had organised a press conference debunking the
video as fake.
“In this vein of overt conspiracy, the video that is currently going around is nothing but an unfortunate attempt to
distort actual facts and intoxicate the public. Its sincerity can be easily questioned, with regard to the factual elements contained in this horrible trick play, with voices coarsely affixed to visual sequences,” he said.
The video, according to Tchiroma, is another instance of gross misinformation whereby the alleged facts have nothing to do with the work of the Defense and Security Forces within the framework of the missions entrusted to them. AI, however, at the end of its report, said it is imperative that a proper impartial investigation is undertaken and those responsible for these abhorrent acts are brought to justice.
It should be noted that, such extrajudicial killings have become some sort of normalcy in Ambazonia, as LRC military maim, kill, and burn people’s property almost on daily basis. Unfortunately, the world continue to remain mute, amidst the huge atrocities LRC continue to commit in Ambazonia. Pundits hope that with this new evidence of LRC soldiers caught on camera carrying out such barbaric acts, the international community will input financial and economic sanction on LRC.
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By Lucas Muma,
Managing Editor – Baretanews
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