By:Dominic Meme Nwakimo.
In forty eight hours,more than half the population of Ako Sub division, Donga Mantung division in the north west region of Cameroon has fled to Taraba State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In a telephone interview with Mimi Mefo Info, the mayor of Ako council says “most of the inhabitants have run into bushes and many others to Abong, Takum and other neighbouring towns in Nigeria.They complain of the insecure atmosphere caused by the Ambazonia fighters and the Cameroonian Military two days ago in a cross fire that resulted to the death of nine persons.” Mayor Akio Augustine explained.
The mayor also raised the unwillingness of administrative and security officials to prevent the running away of the people to more safer places.
As people flee for safty, the mayor fears the need for food,shelter and security, where they are taking refuge.
“The Black Monday”
On Monday November 26th 2018, a group of armed men, suspected to be Ambazonia fighters reportedly invaded Ako town with a major intention of eliminating security officers and sympathizers of the regime of Paul Biya.
In the process, the Police Station situated at Ngomo neighbourhood was destroyed, a custom office in Abuenshie burnt down and two civilians killed with one of the victims identified as one of the sons of the CPDM Section President for Donga Mantung 3.
In retaliation, security men according to our sources, killed seven fighters while firing bullets to scare the population.
An official balance sheet on the number of casualties is still awaited.
This is the first major attack in Ako since the beginning of the Anglophone crisis.