After President Paul Biya released some Anglophone detainees, many Anglophone Cameroonians were optimistic that this prolonged Anglophone problem will soon come to an end. However what happened on the 4th of september in Kumbo , has transformed the Anglophone problem from bad to worse.
Kinnakas Blog learnt that Cyprian; a 16 year old boy in Kumbo, was hit by a stray bullet while passing by the home of a man suspected of growing Marijuana in the village of Kifem, around Tatum, a few kilometers west of Kumbo.
This is how the story goes…..
Gendarmes in Kumbo got information that Marijuana (a nicotine-containing plant popularly known as Banga) was being cultivated in a large scale in the area and went to apprehend the suspect. When they got to the scene and could not find the Marijuana plant nor the suspect, they decided to confiscate the suspect,s goats. Cyprian, who saw the action as theft, raised an alarm, alerting other villagers who came on the scene and got into a scuffle with the red-capped officers. In the heated struggle with tempers flaring, shots were fired and one of the shots hit Cyprian and he died at the spot.
The officers didn,t leave the corpse with the family but took it away; an action which angered the villagers and caused them to follow their deceased kinsman to far away Kumbo, many doing the treacherous journey over muddy roads on bikes.
Things again took another dramatic turn in Kumbo when the population stood their ground, demanding for the body of Cyprian in front of the Senior Divisional Officer’s office at Tobin. In the midst of the commotion, gun shots were fired by security personnel to contain the swelling crowds that were pouring in from
neighboring villages.The SDO’s office is reported to have been pelted with stones by the irate mob. In response, the security forces again responded with brute force, firing shots that left one man admitted at a hospital in Kumbo.
Some villagers are reported to have gone to seek the intervention of the Fon of Nso but the Fon refused to come out from his inner chamber, an act that got the mob upset all the more. With the anger, some of them went to a nearby government school and set it ablaze. Images on social media showed the school littered with white sheets of paper while smoke and flames billowed from windows in one of the buildings.
A flag of the now unrecognized state of Southern Cameroons (AKA the Ambazonian flag) was equally hoisted at the heart of Kumbo Squares as a sign of protest, while tires were burnt at the roundabout just in front of the Kumbo Cathedral.
As of now, two persons had given up the ghost in hospital but no official statement has been issued by the authorities in Kumbo.
It is worth mentioning that while the incident wasn’t directly linked to the non-school resumption, others have questioned why the gendarmes only chose to go after the Marijuana cultivator today of all days (4th september).