French Cameroun army killed 255 people during and a day after the October 1 celebration, more than 6 every 50 minutes, but an official Biya regime count misclassified over three quarters of the deaths, according to our cream of senior intelligence officers operating in Southern Cameroons . More than 150 of all killings carried out by elements of the Rapid Intervention Batallion, BIR in Mamfe, Bamenda, Ekona, Kumba, Kumbo, Eyumojock, Ndop and Wum were deliberately incorrectly classified as not having been Biya regime-related.
Our intel officers and military informants counted 255 of the Francophone army-related deaths, while the Yaounde government’s Ministry of Territorial Administration counted only 10. The bad and unacceptable data is currently being traded at the UN and the African Union with the support of the French ambassador in Yaounde.
The Francophone governor of the Bamenda State in Southern Cameroons, Lele Afrique reportedly ordered his kinsmen and women from Mbouda in the West region to leave Bamenda County before troops from La Republique du Cameroun were deployed to carry out the genocide. A recent study by a sister publication, Cameroon Concord News found that Francophone soldiers are more likely to kill Southern Cameroonians in their communities than Boko Haram militants in the Far North region.
The Francophone Minister of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo including one of the prominent April 6th Coup plotters, Issa Tchiroma Bakary who now moonlight as Minister of Communication and Cameroon government spokesman have long been suspected of significant underreporting of the killings in Southern Cameroons. Cameroon Intelligence Report correspondents who are currently doing the counting have been using crowd-sourced information from the various counties and villages including social media news stories.
Deaths of Southern Cameroonian children and people in villages in Akwaya, Lebialem, Bangem, Tombel, Jakiri, Oku, Bali, Batibo, Ekok, were completely left out of the French Cameroun government tally.Some Francophone civil administrators failed to report any of the deaths at the hands of the army in order not to attract Francophone solidarity with Anglophone Cameroonians. The army in the Manyu State killed 30 civilians after Ocotber 1 celebrations in the Eyumojock County, but none of those deaths was included in the official French Cameroun government count.
There is mounting pressure for the creation of a Southern Cameroons Deefense Force and one necessary component to that is selling to the Southern Cameroonian Diaspora an accurate count of the number of people killed by the Francophone military. The Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Governing Council have been under heightened scrutiny in recent days for the disproportionate number of French Cameroun army killings of Southern Cameroonians.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai, CIR