By Njodzeka Danhatu
The brother, Timothy Wesco, of murdered American Evangelist in Cameroon’s Northwest region, has been quoted by The New York Post, as telling ABC News that the reason behind the murder of his brother, Charles Wesco, was probably because “because he was a white, English-speaking American,”
Meanwhile in Cameroon, controversy has surged in Government and Separatists camps, in Cameroon’s restive region, on who actually shot and killed the American Missionary, Charles Wesco, in Bambili, a town in Cameroon’s Northwest region.
The Cameroon Minister Delegate in charge of Defence at the Presidency Joseph Beti Assomo accused separatists’ fighters, claiming that they masterminded the killing of an American Missionary Charles Trumann Wesco. The Minister’s statement was made to counteract public opinion, which was that the Missionary was killed by government troops, during a military offensive in the locality of Bambili. Before the Minister’s outing, news had circulated on social media and communities that an American Missionary was the latest victim of government soldiers.
The Minister in a press release signed on Wednesday October 31 said the Cameroonian army has neutralised those who were responsible for the killing of the man of God. To the Minister, Charles Trumann was killed by the Anglophone separatists in the Northwest region.
Trumann was shot dead on the head on October 30 in Bambili, one of the localities in Bamenda, Northwest region of Cameroon, amid fighting between the separatists and the Cameroon military. The man of God according to local media report was sitting in the front seat of his car, with his wife Stephanie at the back as another missionary was driving them home.
After the shooting, he was rushed to the hospital where he finally gave up the ghost.
Talking to the associated press, The Hospital Director in Bamenda Thomson Njie said “he died in our hospital after all attempts to save his life”
The AP further report that Charles Trumann from the American State of Indiana came to Cameroon two weeks ago with his finally.
In the evening of October 30, the Cameroon military spokesman, Col. Didier Badjeck said four suspects and many others were arrested but did not specify whether they were “Amba boys” or the Cameroon soldiers. The Minister later issued a statement, claiming that the separatists’ fighters were responsible.
The Anglophone crisis has been raging on and degenerating for over two years now. The US embassy in Cameroon some months back cautioned its citizens from visiting the two Anglophone restive regions where fighting is ongoing.