Masked Pro-Biya Gunmen Busted Trying to Recreate Chibok
WASHINGTON, DC, 5 November 2018 – Masked gunmen launched a series of terrorist attacks Sunday night and Monday morning in four towns of Ambazonia (formerly Cameroon’s English-speaking regions), kidnapping 81 students and a teacher from a boarding school, killing two primary school children on their way to school, amputating fingers from the hands of several plantation workers and lynching a civil servant on camera in a crowded street Monday morning.
The kidnapping of the students was ostensibly aimed at reenacting the kidnapping in April 2014 by Boko Haram of 276 Chibok Girls in Borno State (Nigeria) and, along with the other gruesome attacks and cold-blooded murders, signaled anew the extent to which the colonial regime of Mr. Paul Biya is willing to go in a desperate effort to convince the international community to list Ambazonia’s Independence Restoration Quest as a terrorist movement.
Video of the kidnapped students surfaced online. It shows the kidnapped students, hurdled together in captivity, and prompted by their captors to accuse Ambazonian Freedom Fighters for their abduction. The students identify themselves and their parents by name and claim that they were kidnapped for simply attending school. Pro-independence Ambazonian groups promote a school boycott campaign.
Sadly, for the masked men claiming to be Ambazonia Freedom Fighters, their interrogation of the kidnapped students on the video unveils their glaring French accent. Ambazonian groups picked that out immediately and pointed to the fact that their campaigners are all native English speakers.
Upon finding out that they were being blamed for a terrorist act they did not commit, genuine Ambazonian Freedom Fighters launched a search-and-rescue operation. They reportedly combed through the Nkwen neighborhood until they uncovered the hideout, forcing the masked men to flee and releasing and returning the students to their school.
Two young students – aged less than 10 years – were not so lucky Monday morning, when they were reportedly shot dead on their way to school by another group of masked gunmen in Buea, capital of Ambazonia. Video on social media shows the wailing parents and relations of the slain students viewing their mortal remains, laying side by side, on a hospital bed.
Pictures posted on social media show no fewer than five plantation workers admitted in a hospital in the town of Tiko in Ambazonia’s Southern Zone. The five display bandaged hands and their accounts are similar. They claim that they were stopped by armed gunmen on their way to their duty posts in the biggest agro-industry in Ambazonia and given the choice to have some of their fingers amputated with a machete or take a bullet. The workers say they all opted for the lesser of the two evils. The crime is seen as conveniently picked to ensure that the blame falls on some Ambazonian groups which have called for the amputation of those who do not support the pro-independence campaign.
A third social media video shows armed hoodlums destroying a car and lynching a civil servant in broad daylight in a crowded street, while screaming into the video camera that they are members of the Tigers, a genuine Ambazonian self-defense group. Members of the Tigers have said the claims are not believable. “Even criminals do not provide their identity to a video camera shooting video they post to social media”, a source close to the Tigers has said. The Tigers blame pro-regime secret agents operating like those who kidnapped the students for the gruesome lynching.
The Biya regime is not at its first effort to demonize the pro-independence movement. As early as January 2017, the regime paraded three individuals they claimed to have arrested in the home of the then leader of the movement in the town of Mbengwi, in Ambazonia’s Momo State. The regime claimed and those supposedly arrested confessed on camera to have been in possession of explosives.
When the leadership changed to someone else from Manyu State, the regime staged a similar montage, claiming to have uncovered an arms cache. The regime also paraded young men on television who were reportedly arrested for burning down a market in Victoria, one of Ambazonia’s main coastal towns. Lately, the regime has also claimed to have arrested 47 Nigerian mercenaries coming into the country armed, each, with AK47 assault rifles.
One thing common about all those individuals confessing to crimes on camera is that none of them has ever been heard from ever since the so-called arrests. While Ambazonians armed with mere machetes, hunting knives or hunting guns are shot to dead on sight, not only were these “criminals” not molested, none of them has ever made an appearance before any court of law.
The real terrorist is the Biya regime. They declared war on 30 November 2017 lumping all Ambazonians into one category: describing them as terrorists and secessionists. Following the official declaration of war, the Biya regime invited civilians to vacate villages, promising to treat anyone who does not vacate as a terrorist. In nearly one year of a full-fledged civil war, over 6,000 civilians have been killed or injured – nearly 2,000 of them from lack of medical attention and starvation in the bushes and forests into which over a million have fled as government forces have looted and burnt over 140 villages to the ground.