Army kills Ndian woman, wounds others

A civilian (a woman) was reported killed and others seriously injured in Bekora Barombi, Ndain Division, after the military invaded the village, shooting indiscriminately about a week ago.
The Rambler gathered that the outright prohibition of the circulation of motor bikes even during the day sparked social tension in this part of the country. We were told that after Territorial Administration Minister Atanga Nji personally issued a communiqué banning this form of transportation, ‘Ambazonian’ fighters, backed by some bikers rallied in Bekora, swearing that no cars would move into or out of Ndian Division if bikes were not also assured and promptly allowed free circulation.
The actions of these bikers we gathered, attracted the attention of the military in Ekondo Titi, chief town of the Sub-Division.
On Saturday, March 10, 2018, we learnt that the “Amba Forces” made their presence felt in the village. It is also alleged that a military envoy was sent to the chief of Bekora, HRH Supka Kuru George, to warn him of a possible crackdown for allowing the ‘Ambazonian’ fighters “free reign” in his village. He reportedly denied their presence here, arguing that his village is a junction town, which means everyone else, including insurgents, could be passing through it to other destinations.
As at Sunday, March 11, the “Ambazonian forces” we were reliably informed, were still seen around. “They paraded the village until the evening hours before taking off for an unknown destination. It was only then that the military surfaced, shooting indiscriminately,” a resident told The Rambler.
One of such stray bullets caught a woman. She was being rushed to the hospital when she gave up the ghost. The woman whose names we could not immediately get was said to be a businesswoman and was spending the Sunday in Bekora in prelude to selling her vegetables (Eru) on Monday, which happens to be Bekora market day.
Other wounded victims are currently admitted to hospital.
It should be noted here that even after certain civilians had stopped soldier’s bullets and were in imminent danger of death, no bike, no form of transport was available to rush them to the hospital. Bikers were wary of their motorcycles being burnt. It only took the braveness, the kind, timely intervention of the Rev Father in charge of the Bekora Catholic Parish to transport the wounded to the hospital.
Many Inhabitants of this Division have decried the ban on motorbikes, which remain the sole means of mass transit in this part of the country where the roads are horrible, especially during the rainy season.
It should be noted that ever since the escalation of the Anglophone upheavals; Bekora in Ekondo Titi Sub-Division, Ndian Division has repeatedly been on the limelight of attacks, reprisals, massive arrests and summary executions. The area is said to be one of the strongholds of ‘Ambazonian’ separatist militants.
In a related development, hundreds of youths arrested or disappeared, in connection with the uprising are rumoured to be giving parents lots of fear and anxiety. One such is a middle aged widow, whose son, Agwenjang Lionel, according to our sources, has not be traced for a long while now. The lady, who insisted that her name should not be committed to print, told our reporter how she was at a loss fathoming why “the authorities are piling more pain on me and the children my husband left behind. My husband is gone; now they are picking on my children…”
Another lady lost her mind and spent over one week parading the streets of Buea with the photograph of a young man said to have been her only son. He was allegedly shot dead by security forces. She was swearing and cursing incoherently, suggesting that she had been “denied custody of the corpse of my only son.” She was finally forced out of the streets by security forces, only after she had clearly lost her head. Other parents were tear-gassed at the mortuary when they turned up to find out if their kids were victims of security forces crackdown some time back.
A gendarme recruit we spoke to, said on grounds of anonymity that they have orders to shoot to kill. He noted that they are buoyed, or angered by the fact that they, (gendarmes) have become the prime target of brutality which they did not initiate. “We are killed like flies by hit and run rag tag forces. We suffer for long hours, deprived of the comfort of sleep, while our own families are at risk of being attacked, all because we are defending the state.
“That is why we thought teaching these terrorists a bitter lesson could mean a quick return to the comfort of our own homes. Look here, we are also human beings, with family, with a life to live. How do you think that I feel each time I learn that one of my colleagues has been beheaded or shot dead by secessionist hoodlums?”
By NGENDE ESTHER

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