A press release from the The Interim Government of the Southern Cameroons reads “The Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia strongly condemns the abduction of President Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and nine other officials by gunmen from la Republic du Cameroun at about 19:30 pm in Nera Hotels, (Ekwueme Road), Abuja Nigeria on January 5, 2018. This criminal abduction happened during a meeting being chaired by H.E. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe.”
Meaning he was taken one day ago. Those arrested along the separatist leader include; Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Chairman of the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, Dr. Henry Kimeng, Prof. Awasum, Dr. Cornelius Kwanga, Mr. Tassang Wilfred, Barrister Eyambe Elias, Dr. Ojong Okongho and Barrister Nalowa Bih.
The release which condemns and calls for the release of Mr. Ayuk Tabe, explains that members of the Interim Government of Southern Cameroon were in a High Command meeting in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria at the time the Cameroon Gunmen showed up at the Hotel. “The meeting was scheduled to discuss the Southern Cameroons Refugee crisis in Nigeria and to galvanize relief support for housing, medical and feeding in anticipation of the approaching rainy season,” the release adds.
Gina Informs is uncertain on why the arrest was made and how it pulled through, but then so many tweets and discussions on social media say the Federal Government of Nigeria could have played a role in it.
A few weeks back, in a report aired by France 24, Mr. Ayuk Tabe said he was ready to live, ready to fight and ready to die for the course of the Anglophone struggle.
President Paul Biya once again brought up the issue of dialogue during his new year address, and members of the civil society had proposed that separatists be part of the dialogue, it is uncertain how the situation in the country will look in the days, weeks and months ahead, given the fact that the calls to include separatists for the long awaited dialogue might be ignored.