Sentencing Of Ambazonia Leaders Is A Sham – Agbor Balla

Human Rights Lawyer, Agbor Balla

By Paul Njie
In Buea

Award winning Human Rights Lawyer, Agbor Balla has described the life sentencing of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and co as a sham.

In a Facebook post in the morning of Tuesday August 20, Barrister Agbor Balla expressed his disgust in the judicial system of the country.

His disappointment follows an early morning decision by the Yaounde Military Tribunal on Tuesday, to sentence the ten Ambazonia leaders to life imprisonment for secession, terrorism, non-possession of IDs, and hostility against the state; they were also charged FCFA 250 billion.

“The sentencing of Sisiku and co to life imprisonment is an affront to due process and the rule of law,” Barrister Balla said.

“The right to fair trial is a fundamental human right. The sham process is a reflection of the sham management of the country.”

Ambazonia President, Sisiku with folded arms and others in Nigeria

Meanwhile, pro-government activist Frankline Njume has described the ruling as good and appropriate, and said on Facebook: “I wish to thank the Military Court for sanctioning Sisiku and co.”

However, he said he was “disappointed with the kindness of the court,” because to him, Tassang Wilfred, one of the imprisoned leaders, ought to have been hanged to death.

The court verdict came close to two years after the leaders were arrested in Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon — a move which many termed illegal.

Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius on the left, and another leader

The Abuja High Court in Nigeria had earlier ruled that the Ambazonia leaders who had refugee and asylum statuses in Nigeria be sent back where they were whisked from. The court’s decision is yet to be enforced by the Cameroonian government.

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