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Who Murdered Atanga: Buea Mayor Or Stray Bullet?

The September 22 peaceful demonstration in Buea ended on a bloody note, after 27 year-old Augustine Atanga Awah was shot dead.

Atanga was gunned down behind the Buea Mayor’s residence, while harvestingcassava on a friend’s farm.



The untimely death of the 27 year-oldArchitect has been shrouded in controversy.

While some people are accusing Mayor Patrick Ekema Esungefor using his gun on Atanga, others said the deceased was killed by a stray bullet.

It should be stressed here that after the September 22 peaceful demonstrations in Buea, some irate youths stormed the house of Buea Mayor, Ekema and vandalised his fleet of porch cars lined in his compound and other property.

The Mayor, who was not at home, reportedly returned and saw his five cars in tartars and went amok.

He reportedly removed his gun and started shooting haphazardly to disperse the crowd.

Atanga, who was reportedly working in his friend’s cassava farm behindthe Mayor’s residence, was shot.

Speaking toThe Post, the deceased’s wife, Fidel Abilifasaid, “We woke up that Friday morning and my husband told me he was going to his jobsite at OIC. I also went to the market because I am a petite trader. I was the first person to leave the house. Before going to work, my husband cleaned the house, fetched water and heated the food that we cooked the previous day. He brought my own share of the food to the market with our eight month-old baby, AwahAntia, and left for work.

A few minutes afterward, people in the market starting running up and down.In fact, there was total commotion in the market because of the demonstration. I quickly gathered my things and went home with our baby.

When I got home, I heated the food and was waiting for him to come back so that we could eat together. I waited for him for an unusual long period of time, but he did not come. So my neighbours, who had heard the news of his death, came and were asking me if he was home. They did this severally but I was still ignorant of what was going on.

It was one of the young boys who came up to me and said “your husband is dead. I laughed and said my Augustine dead? I did not believe him; I thought he was just playing around, because my husband was a very calm man. Hewas not a talkative, a smoker nora drunkard, ”Abilifa narrated.

She said minutes later, she received a call from her husband’s family, telling her that her husband has been shot dead.

The deceased Uncle, 91-year-old Solomon Muna, said Atanga was a calm and reserved young man who did not like unnecessary outings.

“He was always indoors and only went out when he had something very important to do. I was surprised to hear that he has been shot dead. Ekema Patrick has killed my husband”



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