Widikum: Bifang Says Stop To Amba Harassment

The people of Bifang, a locality in Widikum subdivision have risen above the challenge and take up their collective security into their hands. Recently they apprehended six Ambazonian fighters and their sympathisers and handed them over to the Gendarmarie.

These three claim they were mere cooks for the seperatist fighters

Dagha Taranus Mbun, 2nd deputy Mayor of Widikum says the village traditional council took a stance against any son of the soil who who took up arms to be harassing others and called on them to drop their arms or face the consequences.

“Some of the boys dropped their arms to form a vigilante group to protect the village” he added. All of this as a result of continues education he continued.

The first group of three of arrested say they were coerced into joining the fighters. Speaking in pidgin English they said;

“In Mamfe, I was working in a bakery. They held me and said I was an informant. I refused. They used a knife and pierced me on my cheek and on my hand(showing the parts of body)” Say Allou Bertrand Ashu (21)

For Tangde Lucas (16) he says he is a builder and joined after his father was taken hostage.”They held my father and accused him that he was an informant. They told me that for them to release my father, I must join them”

The third suspect Blaise Mengue (18) Says he was forced to joining the ranks of the fighters at Bator camp by it’s Commander John Bosco who threatened to kill him if he did not.

All three claimed they were being used as cooks by the fighters, seven of them in number and were paid 1500 frs as weekly allowance. They promised never to return to the camps if given a second chance.

They were rounded up by the population of Bifang after an incident in a bar in the village. They were later handed over to the gendarmes in Widikum. Pictures of the three in a gendarme pickup truck had circulated on social media as those behind the gruesome killing of Comfort in Muyuka.

The second group of three seems more experience. One of them Ekwena Allain has been an operative in several camps from Alabukam to Batibo, Numba to Mile 14. Buea. He is suspected to have taken part in several operations leading to the death of civilians, though he claims he played no active part in them. He even claims he tried several times to escape from the boys but was always caught and brought back. He says he knew no one who could have led him to the DDR centre.

The second group rounded up by the population were found with Bamenda II council jackets
Guns and ammunition recovered from fighters

Colonel Boum Bissoue, Légion Commander Gendarmarie Legion NW appreciated the collaboration between the population and the security forces in Widikum and called on other localities to take their security and well being into the hands.

“We are taking this opportunity to thank the collaboration between the population and the Gendarmerie. They even asked the Gendarmerie to go right into their camps. It is a collaboration worth saluting”

Col. Bissoue added these in custody could not be sent to the DDR any more because they did not drop their arms voluntarily. They would be taken to the military tribunal for justice to take it course.

Col. Boum Bissoue, Legion Commander NW

As the anglophone crisis runs it fourth year out, we have seen many communities, weary of the fighting and it’s devastating effects on life and the local economy, gradually shifting towards a return to normality. Recently the population of Fundong came out en masse to support the military in its drive to clean Boyo Division of seperatist fighters.

By Abongwa Fozo

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