Since the outbreak of the Anglophone crisis in 2016, many lives and properties have been destroyed by both separatist fighters and Cameroon Military. In the restive North West and South Regions of Cameroon, many communities have now been terrorized by “supposed” Ambazonian Leaders. These Amba “Generals” are said to organize raids in villages destroying properties.
In Banga, a village in Wabene Sub Division, Lebialem Division, a separatist General is reported to been causing chaos in the community. The said General Ayekeh of the Alou Guerrilla Fighters has caused untold pain to the locals of this community as he raids the community with his fighters. They burn down houses, crops and destroy everything in their raids.
This is evident in a video posted on social media, which shows as the General and his group set houses on fire. A said voice is heard in this video which is believed to be that of General Ayekeh as his “boys” execute his instructions. “This is Banga on fire. The whole village is down to ashes. We don’t need this name called Banga inside this land. Everything is down, fire left and right. Plantains are down. We don’t need anything to exist again in Banga. You can see all houses have been set on fire because we have discovered that even civilians here are terrorists. So we have decided to cancel the name of Banga in Lebialem. Soldiers are wounded.” (Source, Cameroon-info.net).
It has been recalled that, this is not the first raid by the said General Ayekeh in Banga. In September last year, the said General and his troops invaded a military base and rescued one fighter who was kept in custody by the military. At the end of the attack, the Banga prison was burnt down to ashes, sources say. General Ayekeh took to social media and posted a video, showing the rescued soldier who he claims had been tortured by the Banga soldiers for two weeks. He also claimed to have rescued three civilians alongside the fighter.
The situation in Banga has left many locals devastated as their houses, crops and properties have been burned down. These locals are forced to deal with the sad situation they are facing due to the Anglophone crisis.
In North West Region, the locals are faced with same rising threats from alleged Ambazonian fighters. Speaking during a crisis meeting, a quarter head recounts issues of insecurity. He explains how the “Amba” boys have rendered the quarters restless. They force people to kneel as they move from one house to another operating with impunity. He added that the boys invaded a home during a wake-keep and took away all money from mourners and sympathizers. He lamented saying the Ambazonian fighters move in the streets majestically without any questioning or disturbance. Another quarter head questions the activities of vigilante groups regarding security issues. This is due to the fact that they are constantly faced with rising threats from “Amba” boys.
Bamenda 2 council has no access to operate in their council building since installation of the new team. They now operate from temporal site outside the building because some unknown persons had put a lock on the door, threatening whoever dare open it. The Mayor has pleaded “We will not go by force. Let them come out. We are ready to do anything”. He said they are out to develop and help the community. “We can’t effect any contract or job with our doors closed”