Unidentified Military Men Assault Prominent Bamenda Journalist

Akumbom (massa tory) was left with a swollen face

Unidentified uniform men early Friday night stormed the residence of a famous Bamenda journalist, Akumbom Elvis McCarthy, Prime Time  Pidgin News presenter with Afrique Nouvelle FM,  break into his house manhandled him before making away with his recorder,  laptop, his purse with the sum of 43 000 frs and one of his phones.

Akumbom who spoke to me by phone earlier today said four gendarme officers stormed his residence just before 8 pm.  He said he heard a knock at the door and answered. They asked if he was Akumbom Elvis. According to his version, they asked for his ID card, after, one of them came up to him and addressed him as a terrorist, another put off the security light, while the fourth stood watch outside.

They had him well beaten, hitting him against the wall while the other was busy kicking him on the head and abdomen.  While they were inflicting maximum pain on him, one of them referred to him as an Ambazonian journalist and that if he cares he should report to Sisiku what they are doing to him.

He was only spared when his neighbours heard his cries and moaning and started putting on their security lights. Akumbom said they fired a few shots in the air and took off.

“I could not identified any of them, but one spoke English well and the others French” Akumbom said about their identity.

 This incident comes three months after this same journalist was suspended indefinitely from presenting any program on radio by the Northwest Administration following his coordination of a popular call in program “MP” over Ndefcam Radio.

By Pedmia Shatu T.

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