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Nigeria’s Most Feared Lawyer Steps In, Calls on Buhari To Release Ambazonia Leaders

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Nigeria’s Most Feared Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) Wants Ambazonian Freedom Fighters Released

Fire brand Lagos lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Femi Falana, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the detained President of the Interim government of Ambazonia and his collaborators, the Nation News Paper has reported. He also cautioned the federal government against releasing the freedom  fighters to the colonial President of La Republic du Cameroun (LRC), Paul Biya.

Falana, said in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday that this was because Nigeria has no extradition treaty with LRC.

A team of armed officials of the State Security Service (SSS), had on Friday,  invaded Nera Hotel in Abuja and arrested the President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, Sisiku Ayuk-Tabe and 9 other leaders.The others arrested are: Professor Che Awasum, Barister Nalowa Bih, Batister Eyambe Elias, Dr. Fidelis Che, Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Dr. Henri Kimeng, Dr.  Cornelius Kwanga, Dr. Ojong and Mr. Tassang Wilfred.

According to the Nation, they have since  been held incommunicado at an undisclosed place by the SSS. The detainees have been denied access to their lawyers, doctors and family members contrary to the provisions of the United Nations Minimum Standards for the Treatment of Prisoners.

Reacting to the development, Femi Falana contended that the Attorney-General of the Federation also lacks the vires to initiate extradition proceedings under the  Extradition Act (E25) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004  for the extradition of the detained Ambazonian freedom fighters. Although the federal government  is under pressure from President  Biya  to hand over the detainees to the security forces of LRC, the learned silk pointed out that the detainees are entitled to reside or visit Nigeria without any molestation .

“To that extent, the federal government has no power whatsoever to hand them over to President Paul Biya. The detained Cameroonian freedom fighters deserve to be released unconditionally from the unlawful custody forthwith. Instead of using the SSS to fight the proxy war of President Paul Biya, the federal government should direct the  SSS and other security forces to collaborate  with the Nigeria Police Force to fish out the criminal elements that have unleashed mayhem on the people of Benue State”, he said.

Falana argued that since the Ambazonians entered Nigeria legitimately, their arrest and detention by the federal government cannot be justified under the law. “As Africans, the detainees are entitled to the human rights to personal liberty, freedom of association and freedom of expression guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution. Furthermore, their unquestionable and inalienable right  to self determination is protected by Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights which has been ratified by both Nigeria and Cameroon.

Having failed to crush the ideas which recently led to the demand for the State of Biafra by the members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra the (IPOB), the federal government should not attempt to provoke the marginalized people of Southern Cameroons by frustrating their legitimate demand for an independent state of Ambazonia” he continued:

“Since the federal government has not succeeded in completely defeating the dreaded Boko Haram sect, it should not declare war on the people of Southern Cameroons and thereby further expose the displaced people of Bakassi to reprisal attacks”, he further advised.

From the above submission by the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, BaretaNews contends that, the decision by the Nigerian secret service to arrest the President of the IG and his collaborators is good for the revolution.

All outstanding legal matters between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Cameroons relating to the issues at stake must be brought to the table. Nigeria must allow Mr. Biya finished his declared war on Ambazonia alone. Mr. Biya and his cohorts must prove to Nigeria and the world that Ambazonia is part and parcel of LRC.

James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst.

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  1. movis

    January 8, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    what are we doing now

    • pete

      January 8, 2018 at 2:46 PM

      Brainstorm like never before. The struggle continues and there’s no going back at this point.

      • George

        January 8, 2018 at 2:55 PM

        Your comment was great.

    • Atem Bakia

      January 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM

      You will find out and it will not be published anywhere in advance.

  2. Malis

    January 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    while we address the current situation, it is of absolute importance that temporal replacement are immediately put in place for all our leader in detention, this is a must even if they are just to play dummy. We should not just keep their positions vacant while we fight for their release.

    Also, all those responsible for communication must coordinate and give daily a briefing out even if it is just a minute long and repetitions of the same thing so as to inform Ambazonians and keep us all mentally attached.

    We are in the position to easily suppress the psychological attack and come out even stronger.

    Just as we counted on our leaders now in detention, so do we count on the remaining leadership. It’s now your turn and we know you guys got it.

    We raise never to fall.

    • George

      January 8, 2018 at 2:58 PM

      Don’t replace them. Not now. There position within the freedom movement gives them somekind of protection.

      • Malis

        January 8, 2018 at 10:59 PM

        OK,I accept.

  3. Molle

    January 8, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Hey George, what’s up with the breaking news, I guest you were just lying hum. When I tell you guy’s that am bazooka leaders are in Yaoundé I’m not making this up Read what the lawyer said (undisclosed) location I won’t give details on how this whole OP was carried out cuz under classified information I’m just happy the nightmare of my English speaking people are now over From a Tiko-Boy

  4. Enow Kumba

    January 8, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    mr Molle!Who told you this is over?.You can arrest all,even kill them all but this will continue because it is an idea already well entrenched in peoples mind.You can kill people but you cannot kill idea’s.New leaders are going to pop up and the struggle continues ok!Just flash back a year behind when all this started.Mballa Fontem and co were arrested and incacerated did it solve the problem no instead it accelerated it.I blame completely this lazy corrupt tribal neo colonialist k leg dictator for allowing things to detiorate to this level this is something that would have been handled long ago.So Molle don’t be naive this doesn’t solve the problem ok!A meaningful and genuine dialogue is the only solution to this crisis ok!

    • Alpha na Omega

      January 8, 2018 at 9:47 PM

      Thank you for letting him know. I am sure he is one of those in paul biya government who entered public services without sitting for the exams.let him know that we only have one train stop which is buea. Aluta continua.God will help us.

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USA Breitbart News Network Calls Out Cameroon’s 85-Year-Old President 7th Term Run As Massacres Grow

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Cameroon’s 85-Year-Old President Wants a 7th Term as Massacres Grow

Breitbart News Network  is a far-right syndicated American news, opinion and commentary news founded in mid-2007 by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart. It is widely read in America with over 45 million monthly readers. It forms one of those tabloits that elected President Donald Trump and it is daily read by Trump himself. In this richly written article, Breibart did ,not shy away from calling out the so-called Anglophone Cameroon by its real name as Southern Cameroons, it also shames and mocks Mr. Biya 7th term run for office as massacres grows in the Cameroons. BaretaNews brings you the article in full. Read on

 

The U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the release of a video appearing to show soldiers in Cameroon killing a woman and infant, among others.  As President Paul Biya, 85, prepares to run for a seventh term as president, foreign governments and human rights organizations are increasingly sounding the alarm on growing violence between French and English speakers in the country.
Biya announced that he would seek a seventh term as president on Friday, having clocked 36 years as the nation’s head of state in which most of the country, but not those in government, have experienced a significant economic decline. Should Biya win the election, he will be 92 years old by the time his latest term ends. Another significant issue with Biya’s rule is that he does not live in Cameroon for much of the year, preferring Switzerland to his own country. The New York Times noted this week that Biya has spent 4.5 of his 36 years in office abroad, even though his country faces major economic challenges, regular terrorist attacks on the part of neighboring Nigeria’s Boko Haram, and growing strife between francophone and anglophone Cameroonians.

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Joint Commanders of Restoration Forces Issue Ultimatum to Ambazonian MPs in La Republique du Cameroun

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Joint Commanders of Restoration Forces Issue Ultimatum to Ambazonian MPs in La Republique du Cameroun

BaretaNews has now confirmed a Joint declaration by commanders of Ambazonian Restoration forces in the homeland, requesting Ambazonian Members of Parliament (MPs) represented in the National Assembly of La Republique du Cameroun to resign and walk out of the foreign parliament. The declaration which was done in Kumba, economic headquarters of the Southern Zone of Ambazonia on July 14, 2018, gives the MPs an ultimatum of seven days to quit the colonial assembly and wait for when they’ll be requested to reconvene in Buea.

BaretaNews has been able to talk with 8 commanders on the ground and 5 confirmed being aware of and were part of those who came out with the declaration/ultimatum. 3 others however noted that, they weren’t part of those who signed the declaration but they however agree and abide with the content, as it seek to foster the revolution and save the lives of the Ambazonian people.

According to the commanders, the blood of innocent Ambazonian citizens cannot continue to flow on the streets of Ambazonia, while the so-called MPs, who claim to be the people’s representatives sit and watch without any major action. Worst among these MPs are those of the CPDM who have completely sold their consciences and have deliberately sealed their mouths. They are therefore called upon to hold themselves responsible for whatever befalls them after the expiration of the ultimatum.

A group of these colonial MPs such as Honorable Joseph Mbah Ndam, Hon. Fusi Namukong, Hon. Joseph Wirba among many others had last year made public statements to the effect that they were resigning or pulling out from the colonial parliament. Among these group of MPs, only the fire spitting Hon. Wirba meant what he said, as he has not been seen anywhere around the colonial parliament ever since his declaration.

The others had since returned to the Yaoundé glass house, making many failed attempts to get the conflict discussed in the lawmaking chamber. Their voices have been deliberately ignored for the past two years. While the US Congress, the Nigerian, German, British and even the EU Parliaments have all discussed the conflict and requested for an inclusive dialogue on the root causes of the conflict, the matter has remained a taboo subject in the occupier’s house of assembly.

On the September 22, 2017 and October 1, 2017, the Ambazonian people went out with peace plants requesting for their rights and pleading with these MPs to learn from history and walk out of the colonial assembly in order to shortened the revolution. Unfortunately, the people were deceived by these MPs.

At this juncture where the colonial regime has unleased its war machinery at the people, maiming and killing innocent civilians, it has become more than expedient for these MPs to leave the colonial institution or face the anger of the people, whom they claim to represent. Like the Joint Commanders declared, it is now an issue of BLOOD and IRON. No individual shall be allowed again to legitimize this act of colonialism and toil with the lives and destinies of more than 8 million Ambalanders.

 

Below is the full version of the declaration.

Declaration of the Joint Commanders of all Ambazonia Liberation Forces to MPs & Senators of our Land

We, Commanders of all units of liberation forces affiliated to all Ambazonian organizations in this Southern Cameroons struggle, have this July 14 2018 solemnly made this declaration and we want all those concerned to take note that until all of us are killed, we shall implement this engagement, so please take us seriously as take the public as witness that we warned you before acting.

Everyone has seen that for almost two years today, some people who call themselves our elected representatives have failed to listen to us who they claim elected them to Parliament and to the Senate. We therefore understand that truly they were never meant to represent us, that only Paul Biya, their families and their stomachs matter to them.

We also want to observe, that on the 22 of September 2017, some of them took us for their fools by claiming they were resigning and afterwards, we saw them dancing in Parliament to earn their salaries. Of course, they can all agree with us today that the Parliament of Pa Paul Biya can never discuss our problem. That is why we have come to the decision below.

All Parliamentarians and Senators that hail from Ambazonia have exactly 7 days from this July 14, 2018 to present their official resignation letters to the press and everywhere else and then wait for an official program to convene in Buea to start the Ambazonian House of Assembly under our protection. Beyond this date, anyone who would not have complied WILL be considered an armed terrorist soldier of LRC and shall be dealt with the way we have been dealing with them. No political party is exempted and this decision shall not be appealed. We simply pray that these greedy people do not tempt us, else what the terrorist BIR of Yaounde did to one family in Widikum will befall them. The time for games is over. Now is the time for BLOOD AND IRON to determine the course of our struggle.

We are reiterating that after July 21, no one should blame us for what will happen.

It is our wish that all will comply and on time. Meantime, we urge the following women: Emma Lafon, Regina Mundi, Monjoa Lifaka, Agnes Ntube, Ngala Esther and Meyali Meboka who we believe know the pains of child birth, but who have been quiet as our brothers and sisters are being slaughtered to take the lead, else no one in their lineage WILL EVER LIVE to say what would have happened to them.

We have spoken and so shall it be.

Done in Kumba on the 14 July 2018.

The Joint Commanders of Ambazonia Liberation Forces.

 

James Agbor

BaretaNews Political Analyst

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Continuous Targeted Killings in Southern Cameroons Under the Silent Watch of those that Matter

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Continuous Targeted Killings in Southern Cameroons Under the Silent Watch of those that Matter

The targeted killing of young men, women and children in Southern Cameroons /Ambazonia by the terrorist colonial forces of La Republique du Cameroun have intensified in the last week with the ruthless massacre of 15 Ambazonians in Tiben, Batibo, a brother to the Fon of Mbiame in Bui and five students of the University of Bamenda, all in the Northern Zone of Ambazonia, making a total of at least 21 executions within the just ended week.

At least, 28 innocent Ambazonians were also shot in Kumba, Bombey (along the road the Buea-Kumba road), Muyuka, and Muea by the terrorist forces from Yaoundé. Almost 20 elderly people sustained gun shot injuries. Just early this morning of Sunday July 15, 2018 the terrorist forces were firing into homes beside the road in Mile 16 Buea, targeting civilians in their sleep.

All these massacres are taking place under the silent watch of all those who matter at the international scene, and at a time the colonial terrorist claims to be preparing a so-called humanitarian plan for the affected people of Ambazonia. In trying to defend its massacre of innocent civilians, the colonial terrorist claimed they were responding to attacks from Ambazonian restoration forces.

They boasted to have neutralize 6 of the Ambazonian restoration forces but all evidences point to the fact that these were innocent citizens, some of whom were shot right in front of and inside their own houses. In some cases, locally made guns were placed on the executed bodies to take pictures as prove. The specific case of a mentally deranged young man executed in Kumba and his corpse framed up with a den gun is conspicuous.

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) headed by Barrister Dr. Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla, confirmed these massacres with a detailed report on the cases in Batibo and the University of Bamenda. According to the CHRDA report, the terrorist soldiers of La Republique got news that there was a training camp of the Restoration forces in Tiben village of Batibo Sub Division and they targeted the locality with the aim of eliminating members of the camp.

“They entered the village at about 7a.m. on Thursday morning while the villagers were preparing to go and sell their goods and merchandise at the Widikum weekly market, a neighboring locality to Tiben ​. Failing to meet the ADF, they started shooting sporadically in the air causing panic and fear in the villagers. In the midst of the commotion, some of the villagers escaped to the bush. A notable and shocking scenario was the killing of a teacher Mr. Tebit Evans Chick ​ and 7 members of his family.” A section of the report said.

The 15 massacred include 7 men, 5 women and 3 children (all girls), while one of the victims identified as Mrs Abang Mary was severely injured.

On the execution of five students of the University of Bamenda, CHRDA investigations revealed that:

“…on Wednesday night when the students were in their hostels. Neighbors, students, also say that night; they saw military men ordering students to come out of their hostels (The name of the hostel gotten was Elisam Hostel situated around the police station) which they did. They were asked to first present their identity cards, which they did. Later ordered to sit on the floor and later on asked to stand and walk towards the soldiers who out rightly hot and killed these students (execution style). Early the next morning, they went to see what had happen, but unfortunately, they couldn’t find their fellow mates at the hostel.”

“That morning, it was discovered at the Regional Hospital in Bamenda that five (5) bodies (all young men) were brought in the hospital without any identification. Parents of BILLY KARI, one of the victims, were contacted by the students of the hostel on the happenings of yesternight. The parents came and searched for him everywhere, they went to the police station but on getting there, were told to go look for him in the mortuary. On getting to the hospital, there discovered and identified that one of the bodies brought to the hospital without any identification is their son- Billy Karri, a student studying Urban Planning, in the University of Bamenda.”

Despite the fact that the truth about these massacres is already in the national and international media, the colonial terrorist regime has not stopped in its diabolical plans to hide their crimes. They have resorted to forcing the families of the massacred victims at gun point to sign undertakings at the mortuaries, stating that their family members were killed by Ambazonian restoration forces.

BaretaNews continues to call on the global community and those responsible for the prevention of this ongoing genocide to sit up to their responsibilities. The conspiracy of silence is proving to be testimony of compliance to these targeted killings and it is high time men and women of good conscience in the world rose up to their responsibilities and stop this carnage.

Ambazonians continue to state that the colonial terrorist regime doesn’t have the monopoly of violence. The people have already been pushed to the wall enough. In the past months, they have through the Ambazonia Restoration forces been defending themselves against all odds. However, the continuous silence of the world is forcing the people to go beyond just defending themselves but also going on the offensive.

Enough is Enough. The bloody regime can never succeed in using force to continuously enslave Ambazonians after 57 years. Never again, not with this revolutionary enlightened generation. The people have chosen to fight till the last man standing.

 

James Agbor

BaretaNews Political Analyst.

 

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