Cameroon:Award-winning investigative Journalist J. M. Soboth reveals gov’t burnt Agbor Balla’s house

Cameroon:Award-winning investigative Journalist J. M. Soboth reveals gov’t burnt Agbor Balla’s house

The award-winning investigative Journalist makes it clear that  He thinks the Directorate General of Foreign Research (  in french-Direction Générale à la Recherche extérieure -DGRE) idea behind the burning of the house of the father of Barrister Agbor Balla located in the outskirts of Mamfe is to push former kondegui  detainee to negotiate with the government.This revelation is contained in a report published by French daily today.

                           Jean-Marc Soboth

According to the news daily , the former ExCom Member (June2007-June2010) International Federation of Journalists  said,”Informed observers of the country’s ‘Services’ that I interviewed today about the fire incident at the family home of Felix Agbor Nkongho (consortium ) in Mamfe a new “twisted blow” from the Directorate General of Foreign Research ( DGRE) aimed at weakening the leader of the Consortium and getting him to negotiate with the government. Contrary to the prevailing view, he makes the resumption of activities subject to conditions of prior agreement, not between Anglophones of the Gov’t and their brothers as is the case, but involving Mr. Paul Biya himself. A question of modus operandi.” 

Photo 1 of 2 of Barrister Balla’s burnt house in Mamfe

J.m soboth considered by many to be the best known Cameroon French-speaking analyst of the Anglophone question in Cameroon, continues that according to these opinions he interviewed ,Manyu became one of the most militarized areas of the Southwest region following the current Anglophone crisis which started a year ago precisely because of the role of the Vice president of the African bar (Felix Agbor Nkongho ).Jean-Marc soboth adds that the streets of Mamfe are militarized to teeth night and day.

The award winning investigative journalist pointed out that everything was combed by the soldiery. The gendarmerie brigade of the town, which is not far from the residence of the late father of Agbor Balla, was reinforced with military men and materials recently.

Part of the population of the area has gone into exile in Nigeria while those who could not afford expatriation have escaped into the bushes. The riding is, under such military control no one could have undertaken such a risk to burn a house conspicuously by deceiving the military vigilance if it is not a blow coming from these same forces of law and order as one had already seen in  Mezam in the Northwest region in the past – so-called “secessionist” attacks of March 1997 , gathered from the reports from J.M. Soboth published this Monday morning 30th of October ,2017.

Who suggested the idea to burn Balla’s house?

Connoisseurs admit, however, that the vindictive messages of secessionists on social networks against Nkongho felix Agbor Balla’s stands for federation in Cameroon are the ones who gave the idea to the spies of the DGRE since nobody would suspect them right now … An almost perfect ‘shot’ according to the publication.

Photo 2 of 2 of Barrister Balla’s burnt house showing Father’s graveMamfe

Recall that despite a request from his lawyer, Mr. Bernard Muna, Mr. Paul Biya refused the president of Fako lawyers be released to go and bury his father in Mamfe even though Mr. Agbor Nkongho was arrested in Buea in January 2017 a few moments after depositing the mortal remains of his deceased father in the morgue.

How to recognize a secret operation stamped by DGRE?

The fact that we will never find the arsonists ….. The “next steps of such an operation will be recovery / manipulation, we are told, could be:
1. sending negotiators to offer him money to rebuild the burnt house and the grave of his late father;
2. appoint him into the Biya government and,
3. Accuse him of having betrayed Anglophones to discredit him .

It is also vital to include in this reports that Jean-Marc Soboth has been a pace-setter  in investigative journalism in the country and more than 20 years ago ,he won a Press Award in Cameroon .

He attended the All Anglophone Conference I in Buea (1993), and II in Bamenda (1994); he is considered by many to be the best known Cameroon French-speaking analyst of the Anglophone question in Cameroon.

He has interviewed among other outstanding figures of Cameroon Reunification, the unforgettable John Ngu Foncha. He was one of the journalists trapped in Bamenda in October 1992 when the Yaoundé regime declared a state of emergency in the English-speaking Northwest Region in the wake of the first multiparty presidential election. J.Marc has lived in Canada for several years and is a freelance journalist and radio columnist and has severally startling analysis of the English-speaking Cameroonians crisis .

By Edmond Tambe for


Extract: Alafnet