Cameroon Tribune Nkeze Mbonwoh: Mr Governor, following the agitations recorded on 1st October, 2017, in both Anglophone Regions, what appraisal have you for the public in what concerns the South West?
In many localities, people came out to threaten the authorities and the institutions despite the sensitization carried out by administrative authorities, elite and traditional rulers. They were brandishing pieces of clothes calling flags from so-called “ambazonia.” In some localities like Mamfe, Kumba, the periphery of Buea, they really threatened the forces of law and order. It was 12 noon when they mounted an ambush at the Satom Bridge and they shot at the forces who were on patrol. The forces reacted and two assailants lost their lives. Among the attackers who died was one Nigerian who was playing the role of a chief magician. Five were wounded. A Gendarme was also wounded.
In Akwaya a fighter coming from Nigeria was declared to be a chief magician. They threatened to invade the gendarmerie brigade of Akwaya shooting at the forces who reacted and one assailant died. In Kumba, they mounted an ambush and trapped the Company Commander felling trees to block the road. They also put nails on the tar-road to burst the tires of the military vehicles and the patrol team found themselves in the ambush. The assailants opened fire at the forces wounding one gendarme, an “adjudant”, seriously. The forces had no choice but to open fire in defence and one assailant died.
A similar attack happened in Bokwai, a periphery of Buea, where the Chief’s palace was attacked, houses destroyed and they equally shot at the forces who came to intervene. In the exchange of fire, two assailants died. There was a lot of provocation in the South West. In Kumba the car of the Commander of the army battalion was attacked and it was shot at by assailants. In Tombel, they burnt the State Counsel’s office to ashes and caused many other damages. So all that provocation ended with six deaths in the South West Region.
NB: If you add only the two "Nigerian magicians" to the five "snipers" Tchiroma said were killed at Ikiliwindi, then there will be seven deaths not six. Then there are the two prisoners in Kumbo who were trampled upon and they died. Is it so difficult to lie? We will be here to keep them honest!