By Njodzeka Danhatu
Six men were reportedly killed in Ndyonji, Quarter 7, Muea in Buea, on Thursday, March 7, by the Cameroonian military.
Family members of the deceased persons debunked earlier reports by some media organs that only three persons were killed on February 8 by some unidentified individuals. They said the version of the story, which was speedily spread, was inaccurate and false.
One of those killed, Ndumu Allilay Ayame, aged 27, left behind a 3-month-old son.
Reacting to the claim that the men were killed because they were Ambazonian Fighters, one of Ndumu’s relatives dismissed such claims as absolutely false. She said the men were going to bathe in a stream when they met with the military. She stated that the military, without interrogation, opened fire on them.
The relative said Ndumu was first shot on the leg and he cried, pleading with the soldiers not to execute him as he screamed: “I am not an Amba, I have a three-month-old son. Please don’t kill me!” The relative said, despite Ndumu’s plea, the military fired at him again shooting him twice on the chest. The military left Ndumu’s remains and the others they felled.
Eyewitnesses testify that following the incident, Muea youths carried some of the corpses with the intention of handing them back to the military, but were advised against such action, because it could beget more killings. They then thought it was wise to bury them first, before thinking of what to do, since they have no power to fight back.
According to Ndumu’s uncle, Julius Daug, Ndumu, whom he described as a jovial man, was shot in front of a neighbour’s compound around 2.00pm, Thursday March 7.
“They were six of them. All of them were shot dead. They died at the scene,” he stated.
Daug, who was also shot by the military last February 11, and was just recovering, said he was perplexed when he got the news of his nephew’s death. He commiserated that Ndumu was a good person and has never been associated with people of hostile or bad ways of life.
The father of the deceased is still in depression, since his son was killed.
Many locals have deserted Muea since the Anglophone Crisis escalated to an armed conflict.