Diaspora-based separatist leader, Chris Anu has confirmed a military attack on the camp of his brother and Ambazonian self-styled ‘Field Marshal.’
The attack took place in Lebialem in the restive South West Region.
Chris Anu in a statement broke the silence over a bloody military attack carried out in the hideout of Oliver Lekeaka aka Field Marshal in Menji.
“My fingers are still crossed as yours. Right now I cannot say with certainty that FMA is killed or alive. I have, however, confirmed that there was a severe LRC invasion of his camp,” he stated.
Following the said attack, not a single fighter in Mr. Lekeaka’s camp is yet to be accounted for, he revealed.
Unlike when other separatist ‘generals’ were killed by the Cameroon military, no official government outlet has mentioned the death or circumstances of the incident.
The only confirmation of the death of Oliver Lekeaka was posted on the Facebook page run by the military, with a large following but it is not Facebook verified page.
The army spokesperson has, however, been conspicuously silent.
In addition to the posting on the military Facebook page, images said to be of Mr. Lekeaka’s corpse keep making rounds on pro-government social media platforms. In the images, can be seen members of the dreaded Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) posing next to a maimed corpse.
Field Marshal’s nine lives
For years now, many reports have claimed ‘Field Marshal’ was killed by government forces. Yet, after everyone one of these claims, he continued wreaking havoc, laying waste to their declarations.
This made many refer to him as a proverbial cat said to have nine lives and can survive almost any difficulty.
However, since news of him being killed most recently went out on Tuesday 12th July 2022, neither he nor anyone close to him has refuted the allegation.
His brother, Chris Anu however remains hopeful, noting that the only proof of death will be the presentation of the corpse: “Only until then would I confirm that FMA has indeed fallen. The photos on social media just do not look like him.”
“… What we see in social media just doesn’t look like him. Whatever the case, we will know with certainty in a matter of hours,” he added.
For a long time, ‘Field Marshal’ was the most dreaded separatist fighter clamouring for the breakaway of Cameroon’s English-speaking regions.
Multiple attempts by the army to bring him down failed.
While his influence appears to have dwindled over time, the soldiers’ fear is not over.
Another separatist self-styled ‘General’ known as ‘Field Marshall No Pity’ is wreaking similar havoc in the North West Region.
He has even claimed responsibility for multiple attacks in the French-speaking West region, including a recent one on a Gendarmerie post.
His rise continues to question the government’s modus operandi of using violence to address the Anglophone problem.
While multiple separatist ‘generals’ have already been killed by the Cameroon military and some by infighting among the different separatist camps, this has not reduced the intensity of the war.
Mimi Mefo Info