By Kesah Princely & Paul Njie
The Interim Government of Ambazonia has threatened to impose a lockdown in the North West and South West regions, if the Cameroonian government fails to account for some detained Anglophones.
In a recent communique making rounds on social media, Chris Anu, the Communication Secretary of Ambazonia, a virtual republic, ordered the authorities of the Yaounde and Buea Central Prisons to “within five days, render an account, dead or alive, of the 300 missing in Kondengui, especially Mancho Bibixy and Tse Conrad whose heads were broken out of torture in SED [a dreaded detention facility in Yaounde], and of course, those in Buea.”
On Monday July 22, a mutiny broke out at the Kondengui Maximum Security Prison in Yaounde, where some detainees decried their detention conditions, demanded fair trial, while others pressed for their freedom.
Following the prisoners’ protests which left part of the prison razed, some detainees were reportedly transferred to SED.
The Post, a bi-weekly Anglophone newspaper reported of 300 missing prisoners in Yaounde, and over 50 others who were killed during a separate standoff last Tuesday.
The government of Cameroon acknowledged that the demonstration at Buea Prison left 43 detainees injured, but denied that any deaths were recorded.
The Interim Government of Ambazonia has promised to effect a lockdown on the two restive Anglophone regions, if the Biya regime fails to provide details of the “missing” detainees within five days.
“After the five days, if we do not get a report accounting for the whereabouts of all the detainees, Ambazonia shall be totally locked down,” the communique read in part.
Chris Anu equally instructed Ambazonia Restoration Forces across the North West and South West to be ready to enforce the order.
In 2019 alone, the leaders of Ambazonia declared two lockdowns in February and April; situations which some Cameroonians described as harsh and unnecessary.