Sunday, October 1 has left behind indelible scares of sorrow in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.
Peaceful demonstrators in the two English-speaking Regions of the country who ventured into the streets of the former Southern Cameroons to commemorate their independence day and the eventual reunification of the territory with the former La Republique du Cameroun met with military brutality and highhandedness.
From Nkambe to Kumbo, through Mezam to Manyu, Ndian, Kupe-Muanengumba, Lebialem to Fako, scores of corpses fell by the forces of law and order littered the streets.
In Buea, there was uneasy calm in the early hours of the day ensured by the heavy presence of armed troops.
All the streets and neighbourhoods in the former West Cameroon’s political capital were heavily militarised.
But between 9:00am to 11:00am, things got out of hand when inhabitants of Mutengene mobilised and started marching to Buea to declare what they termed the “Independence of the Ambazonian Republic” and consequently hoist the Ambazonian flag.
The population was stopped by a regiment of uncompromising security forces. There were sporadic scuffles between the police and the demonstrators.
The forces of law and order succeeded to block the main road into Buea, but the resolute demonstrators diverted into the bush and converged on Mile 16.
The number of demonstrators was further swelled by the population of Mile 16, which has been a volatile neighbourhood in Buea, since the escalation of the Anglophone Crisis.
As the forces of law and order were trying to quell the combined population of Muntengene and Mile 16, denizens of Muea and Ekona neighbourhoods rose in fury.
The troops responded by firing grenades and tear-gassing the population.
In the midst of the confusion and tussle, one person was killed by the smoking gun of a police officer.
The troops were now fighting a war on two fronts, Muea and Mile 16. As the peaceful demonstrators’ efforts to march through the main axis to Mile 17 and then through the Biya Boulevard to the Independence Square were thwarted by the combat-ready security forces, they unyielding protestors again dispersed into the bush to converge on the Independence Square, where they had planned to host the Ambazonian flag.
They were spotted by a military helicopter that was hovering over Buea and those on board the helicopter alerted the infantry, who responded by blocking all access roads leading to the Independence Square.
There were sporadic gun shots here and there and over four demonstrators were sent to the land of no return.
In Kumba, the situation was relatively calm, but for intermittent gunshots in reaction to fire crackers that were unleashed by the population in some neighbourhoods. The gunshots also brought down a lawyer on Bamileke Street.
According to reports gnarled, on September 30, security forces wasted the life of a certain Basil Enongene.
But on Sunday, October 1, the roads were void of any human activity.
In Tombel, a young man was reportedly shot dead by the police. The irate population responded by setting the Tombel Court and the State Prosecutor’s office ablaze.
In Banga Bakundu, three persons were reportedly shot by armed troops, two on the leg and one on the head.
Another casualty was recorded in Yoke, Muyuka, when scores of villagers from Bafia reportedly confronted the police.
In the stand-off that ensued, a certain Emmanuel was sent home to his maker, while Felix Doh was arrested, tortured and whisked off into detention.
In Mamfe, at least one person was gunned down by the police. But things turned bloody when the people of Akwaya joined those of Mamfe. Three security forces were eliminated by the angry population.
At Mile 12 Ikiliwndi, six persons buckled under the bullets of gendarmerie officers.
On their part, the people of Alou in Lebialem Division, early Sunday morning, gathered at the village square and started marching to the Chief’s Palace, carrying peace plants and chanting liberation songs with deafening blasting of their whistles.
When they got to the deceased Chief’s Palace, the eldest queen of the land was given the opportunity to hoist the Ambazonian flag.
After hoisting the flag, the Ambazonia anthem was chanted, followed by other liberation songs, as the people declared their independence from the Republic of Cameroon.
An elite of the area, who was dispatched from Yaounde to come home and soothe his kith and kin was placed under house arrest.
The forces of law and order watched helplessly as the Ambazonian flags were hoisted across the Sub Division.
In the Northwest Region, the situation was rather precarious. In Kumbo, seven persons were shot dead in cold blood by security forces.
Five of the deceased, according to security reports, were inmates of the Kumbo Principal Prison who attempted to escape after the detention facility was set on fire, while the two other civilians were young protesters, who summoned the gumption and attempted to host the Ambazonian flag before they were brought down by security grenades.
Over nine corpses as a result of haphazard shooting were transferred from Kumbo to Jakiri by angry demonstrators and over 137 inmates of the Kumbo Principal Prison were ferried to the Bamenda Central Prison.
Meanwhile, in Ngokentunjia Division, a certain Pascal Tangunu aka Masco was eliminated by gendarmerie officers.
But the Ambazonian flag was successfully hoisted in the Bamunka Fon’s Palace and the Ngoketujia Hills.
At the Mbabalang Gendarmerie Brigades’ Post, at least four demonstrators were wounded with grenades as they attempted to hoist the Ambazonian at the Gendarmerie premises.
In Nkambe, precisely in Ndu, the angry population confiscated the gun of a police officer. After seizing his gun, the police officer faked his own death just to be spared by the mob. He only resuscitated after his gun was handed over to the Fon. Meanwhile, the Brigade Commander in the area was also medically detained.
Three civilians were seriously injured by security rifles and are presently receiving treatment at the Nkambe Divisional Hospital.
Meantime, Boyo Division was engulfed by fierce clashes between the forces of law and order and angry demonstrators.
In the Divisional capital Fundong, three civilians were shot by security officers and are presently receiving medical attention.
The forces of law and order became vulnerable to the population when they ran out of bullets and tear gas.
To defend themselves from the now incensed crowd, they resorted to a stone-throwing match with the mob.
It only took the timely intervention of a military helicopter that was hovering over the Northwest Region that rescued the vulnerable gendarmerie officers from the claws of the demonstrators.
Despite the reinforcement from the helicopter, the service car of the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, for Boyo was razed.
At the Ngomgham neighbourhood in Bamenda at least three persons were shot but were quickly ferried to the hospital where they are battling between life and death.
In Mile 4 Bamenda, over four deaths were recorded from military gunshots.
In fact, October 1 which was intended to be a day of celebration, became a mourning festival as over 100 people perished and the number may increase in the hours or days ahead.
Below is a partial list of victims of the atricities perpetrated by regime forces:
September 22nd 2017
A.SHOT AND KILLED BY LRC
1. Enow Egbe (Mamfe,)
2. Arrey Louis Egbe (Mamfe)
3. Augustine Atanga Awah (Buea)
4. Dohmeng Pensiah Frankline (Balikumbat, )
5. Terence Mbunwe (Victoria)
6. Okri Frankline (Mamfe, Drown)
1. Agbor Obim ( Ikiliwindi,)
2. Dinka Erasmus (Tobin)
3. Scott Witer (Victoria, )
4. Tim Willibroad Abongha (Ikiliwindi, )
5. Ngang Leslie (Mankon,)
6. Fai Cliffort (Ndop, )
7. Ruben (Ndop,)
8. Ngong Boris Alem (Buea,)
9. Suh Basil ()
10. Nges Chantal (shot on breast, Ikiliwindi,)
11. Tomasung Donatus Ncho (Santa,)
12. Babaji Muhammad (Bamenda)
13. Egbe Kingsley Takang (Mamfe,)
14. Ngum Nicoline ( Old Town,)
70. Much more
1. Bessem Eyong Denis (Mamfe)
2. Tanyi Kelvin Eyong (Mamfe)
3. Nasako Besingi (Mundemba)
4. Ekabe Edwards (Mundemba)
100. Much more in hundreds......
Ekona 28th September:
A. SHUT AND DEAD
2. Abokwa Clif Penda
3. Ekregi Marchial
4. Endo Syprain
1. Many no details yet
1. Many, no details yet
1st October Independence Massacre
A. Shut by LRC Forces and Dead
1. Nkom Noel (Mbakem, Ejagham)
2. Tal Elvis Ebngoh (Oku, )
3. Bafron Frankline Mbunda (Oku, shot on chest)
4. Okwaniye Cletus (Akwaya)
5. Ngu Terence (Ikiliwindi, )
6. Enow Rellis (Kumba)
7. Benjamin Amin (Kumba)
8. Ojah-Zah Leonard Sone (Tombel,)
9. Ndep Arrey Nkiri (Eyumojock, )
10. Chelepakong Peter (Lebialem, )
11. Valentine Ebekwa (Muyuka)
12. Numfor Phidelis (Bafut, )
13. Tabe Elvis (Ekona)
14. Che Ephraim Fukah (Ikiliwindi, )
15. Monje Collins (Ikiliwindi, )
16. Tifang Charles Njien (Ashong, )
17. Edwin Mahwoh ( Kumbo, )
18. Donatus Azeh (Nkwen, )
19. Nkeih Lapangho (Ndop
20. Martin Fon Yembe (Dead by Tear Gas Suffocation)
100. Much more unknown
B. Shut by LRC Forces and wounded/hospitalised
1. Derick Ngoutanu (Buea)
2. Harris Bosema (Buea)
3. Wemba Njuabeh
4. Fuh Jude (Kumba, )
5. Akande Simon
6. Tamajong Louis (Bamendankwe)
7. Ayuk Napoleaon
100. And much more
1. Akisah Louis Ayiwoh (Nkwen)
2. Mbah Stephen
3. Ndanem Julius
6. Sebastien Acha.
70. And much more
Compiled by Mark Bareta, Southern Cameroons Activist