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Okalia Plays Pontius Pilate, Blames VC for Rape and Torture of UB Students



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The Post Newspaper in its December 10th online edition reported that the Southwest Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai played the Pontius Pilate game by trying to wash his hands off recent atrocities that troops committed on students of the University of Buea, UB.

It should be noted that UB students had on November 28 suffered untold torment, rape and looting in the hands of troops deployed to ‘quell’ a sit-down strike on their campus.

The post Newspâper writes ” A source told The Post that Okalia instead blamed the disaster on the UB Vice Chancellor, VC, Dr. Nalova Lyonga. According to the source, the Governor said he was coerced into signing the order to dispatch armed troops to clamp down on the protesting UB students.The Governor was quoted as saying that as a father he could not remain insensitive to the cry of the UB administration, as such he was forced to dispatch troops to the University campus to quell the students’ protest…”

The Post revealed that the Governor made the confession in Buea on Monday, December 5, after he was confronted by Social Democratic Front, SDF, Senators, Parliamentarians and Mayors.

We recalled that the SDF had organised a rally at the parking lot of Molyko Omnisport Stadium to condemn the action of the forces of law and order, the University of Buea authorities and the Southwest administration for unleashing excessive force on the harmless students.The SDF politicians later met the Governor to find out what happened and to demand the immediate release of students who were subsequently arrested and detained- writes the Post

During the over 45-minute in-camera meeting, the Governor, according to one of the post sources, virtually went down on bended knees to ask for forgiveness.

As BaretaNews writes, all students have been released thanks to the pressure of the SDF. The All Anglophone teachers union last two weeks had called for the sacking of the Vice-Chancellor and Governor Okalia

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