On Sunday, May 26, in Buea, two young men were shot dead in Bomaka, Buea, by soldiers who had reportedly laid in wait, and when the victims’ bus drove by, they opened fire on it and in the course of the shooting, two young men were killed.
The incident happened beside the popular Bakassi Na Cameroon drinking spot, where the Ayah’s were holding their family meeting. In a write-up following the bloody scene, Ayah recounted how the incidents unfolded.
Ayah Recounts Incident
‘A Bloody Meeting’
Our family meeting was just about to begin at Bomaka – Buea. Three vehicles were brought and parked in front of the meeting venue. After a while, came a bus from the opposite direction – in the direction of Mile 17. Some six men in Camerounese military uniform burst out of the three parked vehicles and opened fire, shattering all the wheels of the bus.
Two young persons emerged from the bus and took to their heels. The persons in military uniforms opened fire on them. They fell to the ground. Those shooting ordered everyone attending the meeting to get into the compound quickly and bolt the gate!
DIE DI HOT, MASSA!!!
WHO COULD RISK CLOSING THE GATE?
WHO HAD THE COURAGE TO DEFY DEATH, REAL AND PRESENT??
Those running into the far side of the compound died several times over as one or some of those shooting banged the gate in the course of closing it! … Who was not lying down, face down now, my broda? … For incomprehensible reason, the shooting went on for at least half an hour…
When silence returned, the corpses of the two young persons were lying virtually opposite each other on opposite sides of the road. The nearer corpse, just some 15 metres from our meeting venue, oh!!! Neither the bus nor the rest of the passengers were anywhere to be found…
MEETING CHACKERA ONE TIME!
WHAT A HORRIBLE BLOODY MEETING!
WE SEE DIE
WITH WE OWN EYES
WITH WE OWN NAKED EYES SO!!!
WAR NO FINE, SIR!”
So far, information on why the military opened fire on the bus, and why the two young men were killed, has not been made public.