The woes of Israel Giyo, a mobile money vendor arrested on October 6, 2022 in Ndu, North West region, are far from over.
Security forces had accused him of receiving money from abroad to give to separatists fighting for an independent state called ‘Ambazonia’ back home.
However, a new development appears to have put his release in more jeopardy.
His love for football is said to have been added into the mix. Being a fan of Chelsea football club, he dressed his home in the flag colors of the club, right up to his bedsheets. (Blue and white).
Unfortunately, the same colors also pass for the flag of separatist fighters. Anyone caught with those colours are either arrested by security forces or taken for questioning.
“Israel Giyo has now been transferred to Bamenda prison,” a reliable source close to the family told MMI.
Israel, in his early 30s, now joins thousands of other men locked up in jails across Cameroon in connection with the Anglophone crisis which began in 2016.
With many being of working age, their families and communities continue to lose from their absence as the government and separatists fail to reach an adequate settlement to end the war.
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