Ret. Lord Justice Ayah Paul Abine on the State of Blood in Akwaya
“On October 1, 2017, it was Akpana and his family relations who took soldiers from house to house of their imaginary “enemies” to cause havoc. He called in aid one Chief Ndumbe of Miyerim. It was at Miyerim that soldiers shot and killed the first two persons. Others were shot in the legs with no-one aware of their fate as of now.”
Military killings/Pillagein Akwaya
It is a celebrated story that Ayah Paul Abine was chosen as the paramount chief of Akwaya on July 30, 1998, and enthroned as such. In their all-engulfing war against Ayah, the Biya regime purported to replace Ayah some three years ago with a drug addict who is defrauding people the world over as a pentecostal pastor in Douala – a certain Akpana Valentine Odevo.
On October 1, 2017, it was Akpana and his family relations who took soldiers from house to house of their imaginary “enemies” to cause havoc. He called in aid one Chief Ndumbe of Miyerim. It was at Miyerim that soldiers shot and killed the first two persons. Others were shot in the legs with no-one aware of their fate as of now.
The murderers were led to my residence at Akwaya where the doors were destroyed and there followed a barrage of shootings, accompanied with intense tear gassing. My younger brother’s widow, the sole soul in the compound who had been virtually bed-ridden for years, survived only through the constant swirling of the face in the bedroom.
The next target was my sister’s house and my girls’ orphanage. Here all the doors were destroyed but not a single soul was found. When they returned to the compound and met the status quo, the soldiers shot at just anything.
On the allegation that the first deputy mayor of Akwaya Council, though CPDM, had a soft spot for me, the soldiers gave him a snake beating and locked him up…
At one point in time, the soldiers went hysterical: they broke into the houses of “Ayah’s men”, their stores and off-licences… They looted what they could, and set on fire what they could not carry away. In a certain house at Bamenda Quarters, the young lady indoors was ordered to produce her husband. When she couldn’t, she was thrown outside and her legs were shattered with bullets. They found a young man next door and gunned him down…
As of now, three deaths are confirmed. Because telephones lines are blocked, nothing is known of the fate of the lady with shattered legs who was carried to Nigeria on a home-made stretcher. Nor can one tell how many more fatalities there are among the persons the soldiers chased into the bushes and killed.
I hear some media claiming that Akwaya youths, armed with RIFLES, went into a counter attack. That is purely Issa Tchiroma-like propaganda because no single Akwaya man has anything above a Dane gun. And all the young men are scattered and are in hiding in the bushes. They cannot regroup or even come to the town individually because the fraud-pastor, Akpana Valentine Odevo, has submitted a list of their names to the military; and there is confirmed information the military are ready to shoot dead those persons on sight…
Akwaya is now a ghost town where the military and the Akpana fmily are looting everything of value. The scorched-earth GENOCIDE is on INDEED!