Ex-servicemen in West Cameroon have confirmed that they have been offered phones and other espionage gadgets by the brutal regimeof president Paul Biya to further eavesdrop on West Cameroonians and facilitate in the mass arrests of citizens involved in the Anglophone struggle.
"My phone has been offered today. They say I will receive a stipend for every vital information I reveal," says a retired police officer in Bokwango, Buea. "They told me every retired soldier has been enlisted too."
"I suspect that you are winning and that is why they want to invade neighborhoods and infiltrate secret discussions."
A few old soldiers we spoke to confirmed the secret news. "If anyone doubts, call your parents who previously worked in the military," a soldier suggested.
According to the Global Fire Power database, there is only 10,000 active reserve personnel in Cameroon and 15,000 active frontline personnel. But the active soldiers are insignificant to infiltrate 8 million citizens living in West Cameroon.
The regime is very frustrated, observers say. In situations like this, an expert noted, it is easy to know that we are winning because they now use old service men who are even more loyal to citizens than the regime that had abandoned them.
We call on all sons and daughters of ex-service men to strongly advise their parents to decamp from the President Biya regime and join the West Cameroon intelligence service.