Ntankah: Amba Deplorable Detention Camp Exposed

conditions at the camp are so deplorable and unfit for human habitation
General Lion and his close aide killed here in their Operational HQ

A partially completed and abandoned mudbrick building in the middle of Ntankah-Mankon was used as the operating headquarters for general Lion and his boys as they dispensed a reign of terror extending across most of Bamenda urban.

Their hostages are held in a room without a ceiling, window nor cemented floor or plastered walls. No electricity or water. The place is dusty, filthy, derelict, very cold at night and there is no bed to sleep on or a chair to sit on. Hostages are forced to sleep sitting up. They are served a round of severe beating when their abductors so pleases, using a machete to beat the sole of their feet. They are not permitted to ease themselves regularly when nature calls and food rations are not readily available.

This is a glimpse of the condition most of the hostages taken to Ntankah are held under for huge ransome. For two students of GBHS Bayelle, one 22 and the other 18 both siblings taken hostage on their way back from school, and two others, taken from different parts of town, their bitter ordeal in the hands of their captives was cut short by the quick intervention of military.

“It was like a miracle, a dream come true that the military came to our rescue” one of the hostages said. “We sleep on bare earth, conditions here are deplorable. you cannot imagine, look at where we sleep” he pointed at the dark room.

Major Onana Conrad led a team of army, gendarmes and police officers to dislodged the camp, killing four amba fighters including general Lion in the operation. They also freed four hostages. Four other fighters and the supposed wife of general Lion were also arrested in a separate operation following a tipoff.

Brigadier generals Nka Valere and Divine Ekongwese commanders of the 5th Joint Military Region and the 5th Gendarmerie Région respectively accompanied by col. Matiang Charles and Boum Bissoue of the 51 BRIM and NW Gendarmerie Legion descended on Ntankah on Saturday February 6, 2020 to appraise first hand the fallouts of the operation.

The generals discussed with the field commanders
body of a slain amba fighter

“We are not at war, there is no war here, we are out to protect the population and their property” General Ekongwese said. Both men were taken aback by the conditions the hostages were held under, vowing to pursue the fight to protect the population from these hoodlums by every possible means.

beside the freed hostages, two AK 47, six automatic riffles, three pistols and several locally fabricated canons, gun powder, motorcycles, weeds, bullets and several telephones were amongst the items recovered.

By Abongwa Fozo

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