• Rilwan Balogun

President Julius Tabe of Southern Cameroons Abducted In Nigeria

President of the interim Government of the Southern Cameroons Julius Tabe has been abducted in Nigeria. His abduction took place on Saturday evening in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital. This is already causing panic in the English Speaking Central African nation, which has been seeking to secede from the mainly French-speaking region.

President Tabe and eight other officials of The Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia(another name for Southern Cameroons), were meeting at Nera Hotels on Alex Ekwueme Road, Abuja on January 5th when the gunmen struck.

President Tabe and his team were in a High Command meeting in Abuja, at the time the gunmen showed up at the Hotel. A meeting which started at around 5 pm, Nigerian time was disrupted around 7:30 PM when the gunmen came into the Hotel and abducted all of them including the President.

Those abducted with President Tabe are Dr Nfor Ngala Nfor, Chairman of the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), Dr Fidelis Nde Che, Dr Henry Kimeng, Prof. Awasum, Dr Cornelius Kwanga, Mr Tassang Wilfred,

Barrister Eyambe Elias, Dr Ojong Okongho and Barrister Nalowa Bih.

A confidant of the President and leader of Southern Cameroons who confirmed to us President Tabe was ”abducted by unknown gunmen. Not sure yet if they’re Nigerian authorities or Cameroon…”

Shortly after our chat, we received a release from the Federal Republic of Ambazonia condemning the abduction. They believe that the abduction was carried out by ”La Republique du Cameroun’s Security Gunmen who sneaked into Nigeria…Anglophones in Cameroon continue to be victims of extrajudicial killings orchestrated by President Paul Biya and his henchmen. President Paul Biya and his henchmen must know that Anglophones in Cameroon will continue to assert their right to self-determination and will hold Paul Biya to account for all the killings of Anglophones.”

The release which was signed by Chris Anu calls on the Nigerian government to address this issue immediately and ensure that the Cameroun government gunmen do not do any harm to their president and his men. The Southern Cameroons which comprises mainly English speakers of the Federal Republic of Cameroon have been at loggerheads with the octogenarian, Paul Biya’s government. Led by its elected President, Julius Ayuk Tabe, a seasoned Information Technology expert who worked with Cisco and as Chief Information Officer with the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa States, the people of “Ambazonia” may have their dreams of sovereignty short-lived.

Tabe, who’s been sparking divergent opinions about his decision to lead a fight for the freedom of Southern Cameroons was meeting in Abuja to discuss the Southern Cameroons Refugee crisis in Nigeria and to galvanize relief support for housing, medical and feeding in anticipation of the approaching rainy season.

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