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Agbor Balla Decries Military Brutality On Anglophones 

By Andrew Nsoseka

The President of the erstwhile Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, CACSC, Barrister Felix Agbor Nkongho, aka Agbor Balla, has raised an alarm over the horrific military crackdown on peaceful protesters, which is characterised by killings, looting, arbitrary arrests and detention, and the intimidation of Anglophones in Cameroon.

“We are all disturbed by the images of brutality, looting, arrests, inhumane treatment and violence upon peaceful, unarmed and harmless citizens by the military all across the Northwest and Southwest Regions. We condemn with all energy, these acts of barbarism, irresponsible and unprofessional acts by the military. This must stop!

“It is the duty of every soldier to protect, respect and defend every citizen. Young and old, men and women are currently being arrested from their homes, detained and transported to Yaounde.

Some are forced to flee into farms and bushes to seek refuge, homes and properties have been destroyed and businesses reportedly looted.

Several families have been left in pain and hurt, not knowing the whereabouts of their loved ones,” Agbor Balla wrote in a Press Release.

In the Press Release which The Post procured, the human rights activist referred to the military brutality as totally unacceptable in a nation that claims to respect human rights and all international conventions to which it pledged to uphold the values of human rights and freedoms.

In relation to the harassment of Anglophones living in Yaounde and Douala, he condemned that act, stressing that, “Cameroonians are free to live and work in any part of the country. No one should be stigmatised because they are Anglophones or Francophones.

Freedom of association should not be selective! There is no excuse for this, no words to describe the horror faced by the people, this must stop”.

The remarks of Agbor Balla, comes after the September 22 and October 1 peaceful protests, that ended with the use of force on protesters by the military, resulting in over 100 recorded deaths and scores of others injured, and hundreds more arrested and detained while many others have gone missing.

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