Paul Ayah Abine, Advocate General of the Supreme Court of Cameroon and leader of the Popular Action Party PAP, has said he’s being issued threats of murder for his public support of the Anglophone cause.
The threats are coming after Ayah published a proposed list of Anglophone Cameroon leaders who by his opinion should spearhead dialogue with Government over ongoing uprising in the SW and NW regions of Cameroon.
On Tuesday November 13, Ayah wrote: “Let it be known to all and sundry that, even as some quarters may currently be examining the situation, should anything dreadful happen to Ayah, the prime suspect is a certain Patrick Mballa that Ayah does not know physically except by name on the internet.” He wrote this on his Facebook Wall.
He said, he got clues of an impending attack on his life on the night of Friday December 9, when suspicious persons infiltrated his neighbourhood, loitering around his compound in Yaounde. Ayah said, the suspects immediately fled when they observed him approaching.
Besides Ayah, Akoson Raymond, Secretary General of Ayah’s party has said he too is being targeted by assailants. Akoson has said he was visited by some assailants on the night of Sunday December 11. Though the mercenaries did not harm him and his family at their Biyem Assi Lac residence in Yaounde, they left his tyre punctured with the use of a dagger.
We learned some Anglophone journalists too have received similar threats. One of them who elected anonymity said the government is trying to spy on him. “An unidentified person called me and requested to have the telephone numbers of Anglophone teacher trade unionists and SCNC leaders. When I insisted to know how he got my number, the caller hung up,” our source narrated.
Many have since expressed fears that the regime may want to revert to intimidation and other unorthodox means to coerce its critics – those found fronting the Anglophone cause, into submission.