“I’m not Cameroonian, I’m an Ambazonian,” these have been the phrases of separatist leaders who appeared earlier than a army tribunal in Cameroon on Thursday.
When requested of their nationalities, Julius Sisuku Ayuk Tabe together with 9 others mentioned they belonged to the so-called Ambazonia republic and never Cameroon.
They’re standing trial on fees of terrorism, secession, civil battle and so on. The case has since been adjourned to January 10, 2019 after the protection workforce argued that the state had submitted an inventory of witnesses too late to the listening to.
Ayuk Tabe and over forty others have been arrested in Nigeria and handed over to the Cameroonian authorities since January 2018. Their lawyer confirmed final week that the costs may carry the loss of life sentence if they’re discovered responsible.
That they had been saved incommunicado for months earlier than they have been lastly arraigned earlier than a army tribunal. Minister of Info, Issa Tchiroma Bakary is on file to have mentioned they have been being effectively catered for whiles in detention.
Ambazonia is the identify of a state separatists are preventing to determine within the central African nation’s English-speaking – northwest and southwest areas.
The Ambazonia push was ignited within the wake of presidency clampdown on protesters calling out marginalization within the Anglophone areas. A operating insurgency has damaged out since 2017.
It has claimed the lives of separatists and authorities forces and largely disrupted social life within the two areas. Extraordinary residents and international nationals have additionally been affected by the disaster.
Whiles lots of have fled the area into different elements of the nation or throughout the border into Nigeria, the armed separatists proceed to interact in lethal clashes with the military.