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Barrister Charles Taku, President of the International Criminal Court Bar Association says the Regime of Paul Biya, President of the Central African country of Cameroon has committed Genocide in the the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, National Telegraph has gathered.

Barrister Taku dished out this position on the sideline of statements from Cameroon’s Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute after he claimed at a point in his visit in Cameroon’s restive North West that dialogue has started.

Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions have been in war-mood since October 2016 after a disagreement in language and government’s mismanagement of the crisis turned it into a demand by majority of Anglophones for a separate state called Ambazonia.

Dr Dion Ngute is among many government officials to have been dispatched to the restive regions to bring peace messages to the affected populations but many have seen all of Biya’s envoys as hypocrites because they preach peace but move with heavy military presence and in most cases, the Cameroon military carry out killings in nearby precincts while they preach peace.

Provoked by a recent post from the Prime Minister in which as many say openly lied that dialogue has started while he was in Bamenda, capital of Cameroon’s restive North West, Barrister Taku penned down a well-written letter in which he openly called out the Biya Regime for committing Genocide. He writes;

“Dr Dione Ngute was the agent representing LRC at the hearing of the case brought on behalf of the Southern Cameroons by Dr Gwang Gumne and others in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Judgement in the case was rendered in Banjul, the Gambia during the 45th Ordinary Session that held from 13 – 27 May 2009. 

In the Judgment that was subsequently endorsed by the General Assembly of African leaders during the AU conference in Sirtre in Libya, the African Commission unequivocally called for dialogue to resolve the crisis and offered its services to facilitate the dialogue.

It gave LRC 180 days to comply with its Judgment. It is on the records of the African Commission that LRC asked for an extension of time to comply with the Judgment.

Mr Prime Minister, true to itself, LRC did not comply with that Judgment and did not respect the decision relating to dialogue facilitated by the African Commission, even after the expiration of the extended timeline it sought and obtained. What a reckless display of bad faith!

In its characteristic exercise of impunity, LRC intensified its systemic and widespread violations of the protections afforded Southern Cameroons in international law.

These violations have been ongoing since an unprecedented conspiracy facilitated the breach of the UN Charter and UN Resolutions paving the way to the annexation and colonisation of Southern Cameroons by the LRC.

The escalation of the violations has led to genocide, also called the mother of crimes on the watch of a slow to act civilized world. This is unacceptable.


The Government of Cameroon considers these atrocity crimes as its legitimate exercise of impunity with arrogant alacrity. Its civilian and military commanders have in publicly available and well documented statements taken responsibility for these crimes.

They have consistently praised the professionalism of its military for conducting a war of genocide in which more than 200 civilian settlements have been torched with shocking charred remains of vulnerable children, women, the old and the sick left in the debris.

The Prime Minister Dr Dione Ngute himself on this so-called dialogue with the dead, praised the professionalism of these soldiers. During his visit there perpetrated egregious violations even in the neighbourhood of Bambili which he visited.

There, they massacred in a cold blood, a mother and her baby. Mr Prime Minister, this is genocide and not dialogue. I did not hear you order the arrest and prosecution of the criminal soldiers who massacred that mother and her baby.

The massacre of that woman and her child a few metres from where you visited indeed symbolizes the fate of hundreds of thousands of Southern Cameroonians for no reasons other than that they are Southern Cameroonians. That again sir, is genocide.

I began this piece by making a reference to the Judgment of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which LRC accepted and asked for time to comply with but reneged on.

LRC in contempt instead intensified its 58 year old campaign of intimidation, humiliation, dehumanisation, indignity and death.

As the representative of LRC during the entire proceedings and judgment, you were and are better placed to advise your government to the hard reality that international legality may be slow but effective.

When Justice catches up with the arrogant exercise of impunity and criminality, its impact may devastate the soul of conscienceless predators of human life.

Differently, stated, a time comes when the victims of atrocious crimes are given a voice from their unmarked lonely graves to seek justice on their own behalf. That time sir, will come, sooner or later, here or in the hereafter. This truth sir, is sacrosanct. 


Therefore, sir, I beg to ask. How do you feel conveying the concomitant message of conditional dialogue and genocide from your President to his victims?

Does the said message not greatly contradict the dialogue decided by a respectable continental justice mechanism the African Commission which was endorsed by continental leaders?

Was it not obvious from the Judgment of the African Commission that an international facilitator would be required to oversee the dialogue? And was it not for this reason that it offered to play that role?

In your so-called ongoing dialogue, sir, I did not hear you regret the massacres, the genocide, the crimes against humanity, the war crimes etc. Why?

I did not hear you talk about a transitional justice mechanism to prosecute civilian and military commanders responsible for these atrocity crimes in the Southern Cameroons.

I did not see you feel the pain and suffering of millions of civilian victims of the atrocity crimes. Rather, I heard the evocation and rendition of the typical and resentful CPDM sycophantic war cries and slogans praising the god-president for his promise of mercy for those who lay down arms.

Laying down arms to facilitate the atrocity crimes sir? Those you alleged laid down arms, have the locations from which they allegedly defected been spared the visit of your angels of death and the mayhem they bring to the civilian population? Have they sir? I bey to ask. 

There is a common and recurring position taken by the international community on this war that was declared by LRC. That position is that there should be an inclusive dialogue with no pre-conditions, to tackle to the root causes of this conflict.

From where then did you come about with the exclusion of the so-called secession or separation? Is this pre-condition not a distraction and an attempt to obviate the mandatory root causes of the conflict?

Are the root causes not the umbilical linked violations that eviscerated the Southern Cameroons right to external self determination under the UN Charter guaranteed by UN Resolutions which LRC opposed and opted for annexation and colonial rule? 

The right to resolve this conflict through an internationally organised dialogue in which negotiations will hold sway was obtained through a legal process before a Continental legal mechanism and endorsed by African Leaders.

The international community has overwhelmingly taken the same position with renewed vigour. That position is therefore, not subject to a unilateral modification by LRC.

That sir, is an unacceptable diktat. This unacceptable diktat tantamount once more to a disregard for the international rule of law on the basis on which international legality, peace and security are founded.

Mr Prime Minister, sir, as you pursue this futile adventure to insult the memory of victims, permit me to remind you that the informal meeting of the UNSC on this crisis on 13 May 2019, apart, the celebration on the 23 May 2019 at the UN of the 70 th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions which LRC is a state party, should be a shock reminder to LRC that the spirit of that multilateral treaty and many others is alive.

That LRC place on the radar of the Geneva Conventions will soon be guaranteed, not for the right reasons, but for its atrocity crimes in the Southern Cameroons against civilians who are protected by the convention.

The anniversary ceremony of the 23 May 2019 of the Geneva Conventions 1949 and the ten anniversary of the UN Resolutions for the protection of civilians in armed conflicts should be an opportunity for LRC to seriously consider, calling off this genocidal war and withdraw its soldiers for peace to prevail.

Its military misadventure and atrocity crimes have failed and will continue to fail to tame the spirit of Southern Cameroons freedom seekers who are inspired and emboldened by the justice of their cause, international legality and the pursuit of legitimate self-defense. 

History sir, provides you and the government you serve another opportunity to listen to the voice of humanity and the international community and get to the negotiating table while there is time. Stop the callous slaughter and the genocide now. Your present tour is a celebration of genocide and not dialogue”

Source: nationaltelegraph

Rev. Fr. Humphrey Tata Mbuyi, Director of Communication for the Archdiocese of Bamenda has said soldiers shot round the Bamenda Metropolitan Cathedral on Thursday, April 18 (Holy Thursday) and Friday, April 19 (Good Friday), forcing faithful to run into the Catholic Cathedral for refuge.

The prelate was talking to ‘Focus on Africa’ on the BBC. He said what is going on in Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions is alarming, describing it as genocide.

His words: “The statistics are alarming and I will at this moment even fear to even give them because they can shock every one of us. But I can take the ones that are already online. Those are the ones from the Diocese of Kumbo. And these are statistics from 19 out of 36 parishes which are telling us that in the last three months only, 750 houses have been burnt, 250 people have been killed and over 10, 000 are internally displaced. These are statistics from that diocese. That is indicative of what has happened in a place which was not as hardly hit as the Kumba Diocese.

“So, when you put all of these together, it is indicative of things that are more frightening. Nobody wants to soil the image of Cameroon. No one wants to make us look demonic. But it is about time that we turned round and looked at ourselves and say if everybody is shouting, there must be something that is making them shout. Can we just sit down and be humble enough to look at what is happening?”

On whether the military presence in the restive regions is assurance enough for the security of the population, the priest responded in the negative.

Hear him: “It is very sad. It will take another generation for people to establish confidence in their military. This is the worst thing that can happen to a country; where the population itself starts being afraid of the people who should be protecting them. We were coming out of church on Holy Thursday and Good Friday in the Cathedral when there was just rampant shooting, and they were military people, round the church premises, when people were coming out. And people ran back. Who provoked it? What was the problem? What was happening? So, when you have these kinds of things repeatedly happening, when you see clearly houses burnt, villages burnt and people can identify who is burning them; when you see property being looted and people can identify who is looting them; these are not things that are done in the dark. When a priest is shot and we can see the people who have shot, how do you expect people to still have trust when all these things have repeatedly gone on? When people are molested for no reason, some who don’t even know what is happening.”

The Director of Communication for the Archdiocese of Bamenda maintains that the goings-on in the North West and South West Regions amount to genocide.

“What is genocide? Genocide is when somebody is killed, even if it is just one person, precisely for not doing anything, but because he belongs either to this group or because he belongs to this region. That is what genocide is. Why are people being killed? When they go into a village in Wum and they are shooting everywhere, is it that everybody in Wum has suddenly become a terrorist? I would like anybody to define genocide, and look at what is happening and tell me whether we have genocide or not.

On whether the government has been responding appropriately to the ongoing crisis, Rev. Fr. Humphrey Tata said:

“If they were responding appropriately, we wouldn’t be three years into the crisis. Anywhere on planet earth, might, military response has never ever solved a problem. Never! So, let us not dream that we would be the first people to start on planet earth. Nowhere! When you have fought and killed, it is when you sit down and talk, then you resolve the problem. Why not just sit down and talk? And the more you kill innocent people, the more you radicalize their relatives and their sons to join the amba and to fight against. I have had the opportunity, it is just that unfortunately, military people don’t have to talk openly, but I have had the opportunity of some soldiers coming to visit me and crying because they cannot understand what they are doing themselves. I feel very sorry for them. These are young Cameroonians.”

He said some soldiers wonder why they have to kill. “They tell me, ‘Why have we to shoot?’ Like the case of this guy who comes, he is not even from this English speaking regions, he says he has never in his whole life beaten somebody. Now he has killed about ten people. He cannot sleep… and that is what frightens me that many people don’t seem to see. The real problem is going to come with the trauma after.”

Enter Rene Sadi

Cameroon’s Communication Minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi has however rubbished claims of military excesses. “Contrary to widespread allegations, the Cameroonian Defence and Security Forces carry out their mission with a high sense of responsibility, professionalism, discernment, bravery and dedication.”

“The Government, once again, uses this opportunity to strongly condemn these repeated attacks against Cameroon, which reflect a real desire to weaken our institutions and undermine the morale of our Defence and Security Forces, in their missions to restoring order, preserving the territorial integrity and protecting the property and people living within our borders, when the situation in the North West and South West regions is gradually getting under control,” Sadi said Monday.

Source: news-af.op-mobile.opera

The much talked about Ambazonia lockdown went into full force today across some cities and villages in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon, sources have confirmed.

As usual, the day has been characterised by exchange of fire between security forces and Ambazonia fighters, local sources report.

In Tiko, at the entrance to the South West region of Cameroon, activities were very timid with very few bikes and taxis moving in the early hours of the morning but picked up steam as the day wore through.

Further at Mutengene, it was rather a mixed atmosphere with a timid pace of activities while a few gunshots were heard around the “quarter rubber” neighbourhood.

In Buea, the entrance of the town was swept in a complete lockdown from Mile 14 through to Molyko as shops remained closed as while the streets remained deserted. However, there was a lease of life further up town as shops were open around Bongo Square right up to Buea Town.

Driving out of Buea, precisely around Muea, there were exchange of fire between security forces and Ambazonia fighters in Liongo village as well as the Wokaka new layout, sources said.

Muyuka was equally on lockdown as gunshots were heard throughout the morning and equally resumed later in the day, our sources said.

Further in Kumba, sources say most parts of the city are locked down compounded by the fact that the town has been in total black out.

In Bamenda, the lockdown was effective in most parts of the city with gunshots heard around Ntaruru though no cit has been quiet for the rest of the day.

In Ndu, sources talk of a dead town following a military operation last night aborted by heavy rains that forced the soldiers to retreat.

In summary, the lockdown was respected in some parts of the North West and South West regions of Cameroon while others went ahead with business as usual.

Source:journalducameroun.com

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A policeman was on Monday, January 28 killed in Bamenda, Northern zone of Ambazonia by unidentified gunmen, sources have said.

Police Inspector Joseph Ngunde Itabi, body guard of the President of the Bamenda Court of First Instance was killed in Bamenda in a day which was marked by heavy fighting between security forces and Restoration Forces in the city.

The shootings in Bamenda have raged on into Tuesday as most residents have remained indoors since morning with several trucks of soldiers arriving for back up.

Heavy shooting has equally been reported in Bafut for the second consecutive day as French Cameroun soldiers battle Ambazonia restoration forces in the locality.

Source: journalducameroun

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A priest serving in Cameroon has been killed by military gunfire, amid a military and political conflict that has rocked the country in recent years.

Fr. Cosmas Ombato Ondari was reportedly killed Nov. 21 in Mamfe, a city in the country’s southwest, CNA has learned. Onari, a member of the Mill Hill Missionaries, had been serving in the country since March 2017, when he was ordained a priest.

Ondari is the second priest killed in recent months in the country. Fr. Alexander Sob Nougi was killed July 20 in the same province where Onari was shot. Nougi was shot at close range, in an attack that Church officials said was a targeted assassination.

In October, a 19-year-old seminarian was killed in a neighboring province, the epicenter of the country’s military conflict.

Earlier this month, a group of religious sisters was kidnapped by guerillas in the country’s northwest and released the next day.

Since 2017, guerillas in Cameroon have been fighting for the separation of the country’s English-speaking regions from its French-speaking territory. The fighters declared in October 2017 the independence of a new nation they have named ‘Ambazonia.’

The nearly three-year conflict has led to several hundred deaths on both sides, and sent 300,000 refugees to Nigeria. There are more than 80,000 internally displaced persons in Cameroon.

The separatist fighters are known to dig up trenches on the main road leading from Bamenda, the capital city of the Northwest Region, to many other villages and towns surrounding it, mainly in a bid to prevent military transport and soldiers from reaching their hideouts.

On May 30, 2017, Bishop Jean Marie Benoît Bala of Bafia, Cameroon disappeared from his residence. His body was recovered in a river two days later, although an autopsy determined he had not drowned.

Cameroon’s bishops’ conference maintains the bishop was murdered and accuses the government of failing to investigate the crime. His death is not believed to be related to the country’s military conflict.

Source: catholicnewsagency

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