Ambazonia interim President Sisiku AyukTabe and some Members of His government with 29 Others had been extradited to Cameroon and jailed in senel yaounde according information relayed to alafnet.com last week.
As announced by the French television channel France 24 last week, the leader of the English secessionist Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and some of his closest collaborators arrested in Calabar and Abuja were finally extradited to Cameroon on January 26, according to the spokesman. Government word, Issa Tchiroma Bakary.
” I can already confirm that they are in Cameroon. I had to wait for the authorization of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister to communicate on this news which interests the whole world. I already have their agreement and this Monday, I will communicate to the newspaper the evening on the national radio “, indicated this 29 January 2018, the member of the Government said Monday January 28th.
France24 had reported late last week that the Ambazonian interim leader, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, and nine members of his cabinet had been brought to Yaoundé on January 26 in an ultra-secure prison in Yaounde.
Cameroon has no extradition treaty with Nigeria and it is clear that interest was a factor for this extradition to take place .
Recall that Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, the interim president of
the rederal Republic of Ambazonia, was arrested during a meeting on Friday, January 5, in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja, according to a statement by the separatists.
“At around 7:30 p.m., the gunmen came into the hotel and abducted all of them including the president,” said Chris Anu, secretary of communications for the putative state of Ambazonia.
Local news reports in Nigeria said Tabe had been taken into custody by the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria’s intelligence agency.
But the DSS denied arresting Tabe in Abuja, saying instead that in late December they arrested Cameroonians in eastern Taraba state who were suspected of being involved with the separatist movement.
“We saw most of them as refugees but when the Cameroonian authorities heard of the arrest, they protested to the inspector general of police that those people arrested were part of the people giving them trouble as separatist.”
Tabe is pushing for Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions to break away and restore its independence from the francophone country.
On October 1, the breakaway movement issued a symbolic declaration of independence for “Ambazonia”.
President Paul Biya fiercely opposes secession and has met the agitation with a crackdown, including curfews, raids and restrictions on travel.
Hundreds of civilains have been killed in clashes since late September, though the Biya government fiercly disputes the death toll.
The anglophone minority dates to the emergence of Cameroon in 1960-61, as France and Britain wound down their colonies in west Africa.