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Balla To US Congress: 1st October 2017 Was Bloody, Cameroun Military Killed Almost 1000 Southern Cameroonians

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Barrister Agbor Nkongho Balla in his 27th June, 2018 statement to the United States Congress maintained that almost 1000 Southern Cameroonians were murdered on 1st October 2017 when citizens went out peacefully to demonstrate. In categorically stating this as the apex which escalated the crisis, Agbor Nkongho painted the right picture when he wrote “On October 1st, 2017 the people of Southern Cameroons in their millions peacefully went out to symbolically declare independence from The Republic of Cameroon. It was a peaceful demonstration that saw the young, the old, women and children come out to create a new country called AMBAZONIA. This day goes down in history as very symbolic for the people and also very bloody. The military responded by shooting unarmed civilians at close range and according to amnesty, over 44 people were shot dead that day, however Centre for Human Rights and Democracy documented almost 1000 killed…” continue reading Balla’s take on US Congress

Immediate Causes

Tensions started to gain momentum in May 2015, when Common Law lawyers (after a meeting in Bamenda) sent a memorandum to the head of state asking him to review the Southern Cameroons identity in the union. This was a direct consequence of the systematic and continuous dilution of the common law practice in Southern Cameroons by civil law trained magistrates who couldn’t speak or understand the English language. It is worth mentioning that, English language is the natural language of expression in the Anglophone regions. Thus dispensing justice in a language the people do not understand was tantamount to injustice.

The letter of the lawyers saw no response, neither in action or administrative formalities. One year later, the lawyers met in Buea and made a second declaration reaffirming that initial declaration made one year ago. Still, there was total silence, nonchalance and disregard.

In October 2016, the Common Law Lawyers decided to call for an indefinite peaceful strike. They were met with heavy repression from the central government. Lawyers were beaten and professional regalia seized. The people were still on the watch and were totally disappointed with the treatment given lawyers.
By November 21st 2016, after a series of warnings, the teachers of the English Educational subsystem decided to down their tools for an indefinite strike. At this point, it had moved from Common Law Lawyers to teachers and again due to the high handedness of the regime, no solution was given to the request of the teachers. It soon moved into a community problem for all Southern Cameroonians. There were many questions than answers. The police brutality and political denial of the problem further estranged the people.

The crisis reached its peak and collective acceptance from all Southern Cameroonians in December 2016 when an Anglophone Civil Society Consortium was formed to speak on behalf of the Southern Cameroons which I was the president. On the 8th of December 2016, some 4 protesters were killed in Bamenda raising more questions from the people. Government then started dialogue with Consortium leaders in December 2016. But after failing to convince them of any concrete and factual decision taken, the government turned around and arrested these leaders from Buea and Bamenda and were taken to Yaoundé and tried in a military court. It must be mentioned here that, these people were arrested from an Anglophone region and deported to a Francophone region where the language of expression is French, thereby validating the very grievances raised by Anglophones.

These leaders were arrested alongside many other peaceful activist majority of whom have been sentenced to 15 years in jail. Thousands of such activists are still in prison in Yaounde and across the countries, some missing or in mass graves. Some have had their fate decided using the inhumane anti-terrorism law giving them heavy jail terms. Within this period, there were still continuous arrests and killings.

Centre for Human Rights and Democracy has documented more than 1200 detainees in several prisons across the country all linked to peaceful protests or activism.

Two Crucial Moments

1. On October 1st, 2017 the people of Southern Cameroons in their millions peacefully went out to symbolically declare independence from The Republic of Cameroon. It was a peaceful demonstration that saw the young, the old, women and children come out to create a new country called AMBAZONIA. This day goes down in history as very symbolic for the people and also very bloody. The military responded by shooting unarmed civilians at close range and according to amnesty, over 44 people were shot dead that day, however Centre for Human Rights and Democracy documented almost 1000 killed. This was done under the control and coordination of an interim government.

2. On January 5th, 2018 some leaders who formed an interim government were arrested in Nigeria and deported to Cameroon. They have since been held incommunicado. Nobody has seen them, no sign of life and no access to lawyers, or family members. The Red Cross has not been able to have contact with them. This further intensified a military campaign by civilians, supported by the diaspora to fight for their rights, protect the innocent people that were been killed, protect families that were burnt in houses by the Cameroonian military.

By Agbor Nkongho Balla

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  1. Bonie

    July 4, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Ambazonians in this struggle residing in Nigeria must migrate to safer countries because Buhari is no different from Biya,what does it tell you if Buhari can hand over people from persecution to the country they are running away from? Macron is again in Nigeria being received in order to offer huge sums of money to the Buhari government for support,back their genocide activities in Southern Cameroons,towards refugees in Nigeria,Ambazonians in America and around the world must mount pressure on the US government against Biya,Buhari and Macron genocide because the US with Trump is the only powerful develop country now which will not tolerate France,s influence in the Biya war and will condemn Macron France openly.

  2. Pompidou Mensah

    July 4, 2018 at 11:50 PM

    Work with Igbos, Buhari is another bororoman installed by colonialists, they chose the most primitive and uneducated tribes to rule Africa to secure looting. Contribute no more den guns. Butcher of Ambazonia must go.

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Mancho Bibixy: OF Peaceful One Who Preach Injustice And Regime Designated Terrorist-Video

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This Sunday morning, we pay homage to Bibixy Mancho, a man of peace, a human rights defender, a man who denounced the poor working conditions of LRC’s policemen. Mancho decried injustice against all. But today, the very same people who he protected from and angry, marginalised people have turned around to massacre our people.

He said, ‘the police are here to protect you… even the police are suffering these same things …’ .

Mancho held a bible and preached peace and development. LRC to thank him declared him a terrorist.

Brethren, do not lose hope. Falter not. The testimony of Mancho’s case is one powerful justification among hundreds of others. Our people have suffered. We have throughout this informal union with Yaounde paid the top prize to make that country work. We paid with the blood of our fathers, mothers, children and friends. Our communities were robbed of our resources. We’ve been tortured. We’re broken like clay pots. We gave them education, resources, a proper language, political freedoms, human rights … we showed them the route to another world far apart from scams Paris had locked them in.

Mancho during early days of protest

Today they call us terrorists. Isn’t it funny? The same fellows who organised a genocide against bamilekes and bassas, a fratricide which prompted our statesmen from West Cameroon to invest all their political capital to save their people. We hosted thousands of their refugees and protected them from the bloody hands of Yaounde and Paris. … Our formidable hospitality created what they refer to as the 11th province.

Brethren, we bring you these thoughts so you can remember the nature of the heart of the Yaounde regime.

Be not troubled. God has seen their treachery. He has seen how your good heart overflowing with kindness has been repaid repeatedly with evil. Southern Cameroons Ambazonia, the Lord has decided to free you.

On this day of the Lord, pray for heroes whose blood is bearing the land, pray for the mourning nation of Ambazonia, pray for recent martyrs like Rev Fr Sob, pray for our mothers who are now also our fathers, pray for our people competing for space with animals in the bush, pray for our leaders in colonial jail – Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and his cabinet, pray for those who currently lead us and those who are actively defending our human rights on the ground and our right to #SelfDetermination.

Do not be afraid.

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MURDER OF A PRIEST: IT WAS NOT A STRAY BULLET OR CROSSFIRE

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The ‘Anglophone’ Community is still in shock following the death of Rev. Father Alexander Sob, Parish Priest of Bomaka Local Government Area, Buea Diocese, Fako County. Father Sob passed on to glory yesterday in Muyuka Local Government Area as a result of gunshots. The Catholic church Vicar General Father Asek this morning released a statement announcing the death of Father Sob indicating that he was shot without details as to whose bullets did Father Sob bowed out of this earth. However, the how and the ways he died is still dangling in the tongues of the people of Ambazonia, Christians and family members as many versions are coming up. Ray Timah, Southern Cameroons Political Scientist presents an accurate eyewitness account which indicates Father Sob was deliberately shot at by La Republique Du Cameroun Soldiers. Ray Timah was speaking to a Muyuka Denizen who drove Father Sob to the hospital as he gave up the ghost. You may want to read on

IT WAS NOT A STRAY BULLET OR CROSSFIRE.

Father Sob was shot at close range by the Military. I have spoken to an eyewitness who gave a vivid account about the incident. He maintained that Father Sob was no where near his Mothers house at the time of the unfortunate incident. Rev. had stopped in front of popular store known as ” CY STORE” around the Muyuka main park. His intention was to wait for the tense atmosphere between the Military and restoration forces to die down as gunshots could be heard from afar.

Father Sob

A few minutes later, a group of military men approaches his parked car and asked him to take down his windscreen. In the course of doing that, an officer open fire directly to his chest. Note that he was shot twice at two different positions through the screen on the drivers side. They shot him and left and the owner of the shop who had taken cover as a result of the gunshot attempted to rescue Father Sob.
He was moved to the passenger side of the same car he was shot in and transported to the hospital which was already late.

The Eyewitness added..” Nothing occurred like a stray bullet or crossfire. As a matter of fact, no exchange of gunfire was around CY store at the time of the incident. The area was a safe zone at the time, that is why Rev chose to park there for his safety. He was murdered. It was intentional. The position of the two bullet wounds could be seen on his right and left side of his chest. That tells a lot.”

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What caught my attention

The picture on the Facebook wall of Father Sob caught my attention. You can see him smiling directly behind Jacque Fame Ndongo during a celebration in Sasse . He never knew he was standing behind one the devil behind this war that cut his life short.
Rest in Peace Father.

Ray Timah

 

 

 

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Southern Cameroons Revolutionary Leaders Condemn Human Rights Watch Report On Cameroons Crisis

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Southern Cameroons Revolutionary Leaders have condemned and criticised the recently release human rights reports in the ongoing war between La Republique Du Cameroun and the Federal Republic of Ambazonia. Dr. Ayaba Cho Lucas in a statement said the Human Rights Watch is a MOCKERY of investigative reporting. Meanwhile Dr. Akwanga Ebenezer described the Human Rights Watch as becoming ‘The Holy See’ of 2018, mimicking the Vatican whom during the course of World War II, erroneously sided with the Holocaust chief Architect, Adolf Hitler. To Dr. Akwanga, the Human Right Watch is tacitly siding with a tyrannical octogenarian whose penchant for Ambazonia blood holds no frontier!. BaretaNews brings to you details of their statements

 

OFFICE OF THE LEADER AMBAZONIA GOVERNING COUNCIL

Dear Soldiers of the Revolution,
The Human Rights Watch Report is a mockery of investigative reporting. It is hollow and paints a deminitive perspective of the brutality of the occupation. There is an ongoing genocide in Ambazonia characterized by acts of systematic brutality, torture and war crimes. All of these crimes are well documented and should get Biya and his Generals to an international Criminal institution. The Ambazonia Governing Council will be presenting counterfactuals to challenge the report and its unacceptable recommendations.

For more than 150 years, others have insisted to speak for us. First it was the British, then the Germans and then the British again and later Nigeria and then Cameroon. We have never had the chance to speak for ourselves and to represent our interest. We will henceforth speak for ourselves, paint our own reality and build and defend our own narratives. We have never been Cameroonians and so we are not separating from Cameroon. We are not Restorationist either, for Fon Dinka already restored our independence; affirmed in 1999 by Justice Ebong and cemented in 2017 by Seseko Ayuk Tabe. We are defending this independence and we will do so until the last Cameroon soldier and administrators are bundled out of Homeland.

Yesterday l watched a video wherein more than 1500 Ambazonian men, women, children, dance groups received the supreme General of the Ambazonia Defence Forces and and the installation of commanders of different brigades. The silent majority has started showing its power in the land of their birth. Ambazonia is finally ours and we must defend it to the bitter end. The promise of a better tomorrow in a land of equal opportunity and a responsible and accountable government based on the people’s consent is becoming a reality in our lifetime. It is all thanks to the unshakable resolve and focus of the NeverAgain Generation.

The defence of the homeland must remain our top priority. We must continue to make Ambaland ungovernable, increase the cost of the occupation and ensure that in the coming months no alien government and its collaborators dare attempt to use our territory for any electoral charade. As we strive for the recognition of our independence and statehood, taking control of territory must instruct the development of our strategies.I congratulate our people for initiating and enduring a few more days of ghost towns and the daring of our Defence Forces in enforcing the laws of the Homeland.I call on all of you who have doubted our unshakable resolve, questioned our strategy and contemplated our readiness to liberate and bequeath to the next generation a better country than we inherited to join me in this last phase of our struggle.
PHASE 4 in my mind.

God should protect all of you still standing and lift all those struggling so together as a people we should get to the promise land.
Dr. CHO AYABA
Leader Ambazonia Governing Council
SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTION

 

Dr. Akwanga Ebenezer reacts

 

Shallow misunderstanding from people of goodwill (Human Rights Watch) especially in times of enormous crisis like the situation in my Homeland is outrightly outrageous and worse than blatant lies from people of bad faith (La Republique du Cameroun). During the course of World War II, the Vatican erroneously sided with the Holocaust chief Architect, Adolf Hitler. Today, through it’s latest ‘report’, Human Rights Watch has become ‘The Holy See’ of 2018, tacitly siding with a tyrannical octogenarian whose penchant for Ambazonia blood holds no frontier! SOCADEF, the SCYL and Ambazonians will not be cowed by malicious intentions of a human rights watchdog whose activities have only encouraged barbaric rulership, annexation and assimilation in the continent of Africa for decades. We will stand up to you! DR. EBENEZER D. AKWANGA

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