It’s the best kept secret in Cameroon for over two months.
The fate of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, an English-speaking sessionist leader whose supporters demanded this week-end a proof of life through a video they broadcast with a hostage, the regional delegate of Social Affairs, kidnapped on February 24 in the locality from Batibo, near Bamenda.
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, president of the self-proclaimed Republic of the Ambazonia, and 46 members of his government were arrested and extradited to Yaounde in late January.
Since then, no one has been able to access them despite pressure from all sides.
The 48-hour ultimatum sent by the Ambazonian militia to the Cameroonian government is of little importance: evidence of their leader’s life, in this case of their leader, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, and the members of his cabinet, 47 people in total.
Urged to speak about the fate of these secessionist activists, after the announcement of the arrest in a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria, the Cameroonian government had finally admitted that Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his band were in the hands of the Cameroonian justice. It was January 29th and since then, little is known.
A Cameroonian college of lawyers has tried repeatedly to access them, but never succeed.
Various human rights organizations have also begun to put pressure on the Cameroonian and Nigerian governments, without any further success.
It must be said that the file is treated in the greatest secrecy, a thick silence that is not without worrying close relatives.
Voices, especially in the Cameroonian diaspora, even evoked the extreme hypothesis of an extrajudicial execution of these people, considered by Yaoundé as terrorists.
Allegations denied in a government statement that was read on February 1 by state radio.