Cameroon – Terrorism: Accused of complicity in terrorism, the president of the Kofotata vigilante committee is thrown into prison

Written by Deckson N.

Sarina Tchamaya has been detained in the central prison of Maroua since 6 December 2016.

When those who are supposed to accompany the army in the hunt for Boko Haram become suspects! The case goes back several months. It is relayed by L’Œil du Sahel published on December 22, 2016. Sarina Tchamaya has been staying in the central prison of Maroua for two weeks. The president of the Kolofata vigilante committee in the Mayo-Sava Division in the Far North is accused of complicity in terrorism.

Everything went from, reports our colleague, a hunt launched by the army against two elements of Boko Haram. The latter would have found refuge at Kolofata. “Here, they contact the chairman of the local vigilante committee and bought his silence. A few days later, they asked him to find two plots of land for them to settle. Against a large sum of money proposed to Tchamaya Sarina, the deal was quickly concluded. Two parcels on two different sites were granted to these members of Boko Haram. One located not far from the house of the president of the committee and the other in Yegoua, a locality located a few cables from Kolofata.” The small carousel lasted until the arrest by the army of the two presumed terrorists of Nigerian nationality.

Here is the testimony of a member of the vigilante committee of Kolofata: “Heavy suspicions weighed against Tchamaya Sarina since the day he weved affinities with these people and settled them on our lands. We all knew that they were Nigerians and therefore had to be accommodated in the refugee camp dedicated to them. But when they buy plots of land, settle there and lead their lives as if nothing had happened, there is room for reflection. We doubted their morals and had conducted our own investigations. It is therefore at the end of the investigations that we discovered that they are members of Boko Haram. We brought the information to the attention of the lamido who, in turn, informed the army. So that’s how they got caught. They must explain, which is certain. And since it is Tchamaya Sarina who brought them to the village, he too will have to explain himself, especially since these have declared to have benefited from his favors. So you understand where the troubles of Tchamaya Sarina went, “says Lawan Modou.

Tchamaya Sarina has since resided in Maroua prison.

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