Saturday, January 25, 2020

The NGO Mandela Center International denounced the execution plans of the Babessi indigene arrested on 18 January

NGO draws the attention of the International communities to Yaoundé plans to execute suspected Amba Fighters arrested in Babessi last week.

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The NGO Mandela Center International denounces the arrest and an execution plan of Yari Yakubu, winegrower and gardener, 37 years old, arrested with his vine material, subjected since 18 January 2020 to brutal acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment on the premises of the Babessi brigade.


Mandela Center International, International NGO with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, brings to the urgent attention of the National and International Community the following extremely serious facts: 

1. In the morning of January 18, 2020, two young people The men were arrested by elements belonging to the Cameroonian army at the Baba 1 market, 39 km away from Bamenda, in the Arrondissement of Babessi, Ngoketunjia department, North-West Region. Suspected of cooperating with the armed groups, they were immediately thrown into the Babessi brigade cell. 

2. From reliable sources, on Tuesday January 22, 2020 at 08h 27mn, one of them, named NTOHKU NSANGOU, carpenter, 40 years old, was extracted from the Babessi gendarmerie unit under the pretext of 'a transfer to the neighboring Brigade of Ndop. 

3. He was taken on board two green pick-ups from the national gendarmerie to cross the villages Babungo and Baba 1, in the district of Babessi. Along the way, the young man was COLDLY shot by the soldiers and the body abandoned at Babungo village around 10:13 am. The body was recovered by the family and buried in strict traditional privacy that same January 22 in the evening in Babessi.

4. The other unfortunate man, named YAKUBU YARI, winegrower and gardener, 37 years old, arrested with his vine material, has been subjected since 18 January 2020 to atrocious acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in premises of the Babessi brigade. His torturers threaten to execute him within the HOURS TO COME if he does not pay a ransom of 500,000 FCFA. 

5. The Sub-prefect of the Arrondissement of Babessi, Mr. AYUK Edward TAKOR, Civil Administrator, appointed by Decree N ° 2016/179 of April 05, 2016 would have intervened with the military to plead the payment of an amount of 100,000 FCFA due to the death of the victim's father and his mother's critical state of health. 

6. The victim's mother, Mami BIH, despite her state of health, was formally refused access to her son at the gendarmerie premises for non-payment of the ransom demanded. 

7. It should be noted that this gendarmerie unit has prospered since the start of the war in illegal arrests and arbitrary detentions for high ransoms. 

8. The local military and administrative authorities were seized as a matter of urgency of the extremely critical situation of this young Cameroonian and no reaction was recorded since then.

9. Mandela Center International reminds the Cameroonian authorities that they will be fully responsible for anything that could happen to this citizen deprived of his fundamental and inalienable rights. 

10. Mandela Center International is deeply concerned about the EXPONENTIAL RECRUDESCENCE of war crimes in recent weeks in the North-West regions, notably in the Babubock and Eyandong villages in KupeMuanenguba; Ku-Bome in Mbengwi; Mbiame in Bui; Mbenjom to Awing; Guzang to Batibo; Bali-Kumbat in Ngoketunjia; Buabua and Kimbirivers in the Wum… 

11. Mandela Center International would like to remind the parties to the conflict that the war in the English-speaking regions is a non-international armed conflict of great intensity, and therefore the government forces and the armed groups are bound by International Humanitarian Law, in particular the Geneva Convention from 1949 and its additional protocols. 

12. Mandela Center International reminds the Cameroonian authorities that they have the ABSOLUTE OBLIGATION, in such circumstances, to IMMEDIATELY open an investigation in order to determine the responsibilities of each other and to severely punish the perpetrators in accordance with the law. 

13. Mandela Center International draws the attention of the Cameroonian Government that the Republic of Cameroon ratified the Convention on the imprescriptibility of war crimes and crimes against humanity on October 16, 1972 and to this end the military hierarchy and the chiefs groups will answer, by all means, for their actions whatever the price to pay to achieve it.

Done in Yaoundé, January 23, 2020 

The Permanent Executive Secretary 

Jean Claude FOGNO