A close aid to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has confided in National Telegraph that Cameroon's Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary told lies regarding the number and nature of persons intercepted at the Cameroon -Nigeria Border during the October 1 saga in Southern Cameroons.
Mohammed Babandede's aid told National Telegraph's Publisher and Editor-in-chief, Eric Tataw that Mr. Tchiroma told blatant lies regarding the number and nature of persons intercepted at the Cameroon-Nigeria border. Issa Tchiroma had said the Cameroon and Nigeria forces intercepted 200 armed men as they attempted entering Cameroon most likely to attack the soldiers of LR. Tchiroma even congratulated Nigeria and was actually purporting the 200 armed men were Ambazonian terrorists struggling to enter Cameroon from Nigeria to wage a war against Mr. Biya's military.
However, when National Telegraph contacted NIS, the story was completely different. According to our very reliable immigration source who spoke independently without fear or favour, Tchiroma told blatant lies. Our source said contrary to 200 armed men he heard Cameroon's Communication Minister talked of, he only saw between 100 to 120 at maximum. Our source added that the men were completely unarmed and were never intercepted by either Cameroon or Nigeria. There was no such thing as Cameroon and Nigeria forces intercepting armed men, he said.
Our source continued that the men didn't even step foot on Cameroonian soil, adding that the ended at Mfum (first Nigerian village sharing boundary with the Cameroon border town of Ekok). National Telegraph further gathered that after haven asked and refused legal entry by NIS, the men returned to Nigeria on their own volition.
Our NIS insider went on that they were never armed, adding that the men who rather looked gentle were simply trying to exercise their rights as normal travellers trying to use the border but were denied passage because of the current crisis rocking the two English regions. Our NIS source stated firmly that anything else out of this is a lie.
However, local sources around Ekok said some of the boys were Eyumojock youths who were returning from fortifying themselves in Nigeria against any gunshot and were struggling to re-enter Cameroon. Meanwhile, in Eyumojock Sub-Division alone, the military has been accused of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed civilians right inside their houses.
In Eyumojock Town, at least two were shot dead, another one was shot dead at Mbakem and one other in Ayaoke, all in Eyumojock Sub-Division. The Chief of Mbenyan still in Eyumojock Sub-Division also lost his son. Reports say the Chief's son only died after the soldiers who had shot several bullets at him to no avail, used sticks and the stock of their guns to beat him to death. He had fortified himself against gunshots, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Another denizen, a lecturer at GTC Eyumojock fondly called Lokito died from hypertension after soldiers fired three gunshots at his door bringing the number to six in Eyumojock Sub-Division alone. Since October 1, the number of dead bodies is estimated at over 100 with at least 700 persons reported missing.
Several Cameroonians are also reportedly trapped at Mfum as the Ekok Border has been completely closed while Mamfe town is now being deserted with youths running for a new haven after information of a planned mass arrest of youths allegedly ordered by the Senior Divisional Officer for Manyu, Oum II Joseph leaked.
The Anglophone crisis is now rated as one of the most prominent revolutionary movements in History with more than over 46 international bodies including media organs now talking about the October 1 Genocide. All Anglophone Bishops have also written a powerful memorandum on the crisis. A possible Independent Ambazonia is now being envisaged though Mr. Biya says Independence talks are off the table during dialogue.
Eric Tataw for National Telegraph, USA