Cop threatens journalist with death

As the Anglophone problem is escalating by the day with a high number of deaths registered, abductions on the rise and violation of human rights and dignity, the threat on the persons and lives of Anglophone journalists especially, those of the private media is now an issue faced by the few who dare to write about the ongoing upheavals particularly, in the Southwest Region.
After an incident which saw the molestation of The Post Newspaper vendor for no apparent just cause, another scenario bordering on threat to the life of Maxcel Fokwen, Kumba journalist writing for same newspaper has reared its ugly head. After an unpleasant ordeal with some military goons in Kumba, this is what he posted on his Facebook page for all to see.
“IF I AM KILLED…
“If you find my flesh lifeless then ask the police to explain.
“Friday June 15, 2018 at 6:15 pm, a police officer walks up to me at the Kumba newsstand. He then beckons on me to come. Afterwards, I am asked to produce my identity card and what followed next was a series of unending questions in French.
“Despite telling him I came to collect a newspaper … the officer insisted and then tells his colleague on duty “chef voice l’Ambazonien qui vient ici. Then I retorted that I don’t understand what he was saying and he talks further with his colleague.
“As I smiled telling him I am a journalist who often times visits their service for professional work, he gave me a stern warning.
“Eh ne blague pas avec moi. Je ne suis pas Anglophone. Je ne vien pas ici pour ris avec toi. Je te tue maintenant.”
“Then he turned his focus to my professional card and I told him today is a public holiday and that I left home. Before I could speak further, he looked at the complexion of my hands keenly then opened up my underwear and said he was going to find out about me.
“I maintained that I could not connect with all his insinuations. The officer makes a few steps towards the newsstand and then returned my credentials promising doom. I made an immediate call to the Central Police Commissioner for Kumba. He’s promised to investigate the threat to my life. I impatiently await the outcome of his findings.
“N.B. I am not only made of flesh but my spirit cannot be assassinated. Before today, anonymous callers have made similar attempts on my person which I have ignored until today.
“My God too can do the worst.
To confirm the veracity of the story, The Rambler had a long chat with the victim who explained that before the ordeal, he had been having strange calls which caused him to avoid taking calls from unidentified numbers.
Questioned on what he did after the scenario, he said he immediately called and met the Commissioner of the Kumba Central Police station. He said the Commissioner requested if he knows the name of the said police who harassed him, but he said he does not know but could pick him out facially. However, it is noted that they have not yet visited the police for identification of the person who harassed him due to other circumstances as he planned going to the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO’s, office subsequently.
Fokwen however revealed that since the beginning of the crisis especially, the meeting of Bobga Harmony in Bamenda, he has been writing about the crisis but, doing his reports objectively, reasons why he doesn’t see why the military should be behind him.
It should be noted that some police travelling via public transport without the knowledge of the presence of journalists in the same transport vehicle held openly that Anglophone journalists are separatists’ adding that when they (the police) “will start on them,” no one will tell them to stop writing about the crisis.

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