The Post (Buea)

4 September 2008

Cameroon: SCNC Faction Leaders Arrested

More than a dozen Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, faction leaders are currently languishing in Nkambe Prison in Donga Mantung Division.

On August 26, gendarmes whisked off Professor Martin Chia Ateh, self-styled promoter of the Northern Cameroons, NC, and Southern Cameroons, SC, (accused of secession) alongside 13 other SCNC activists.

In a two-page memo addressed to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, dated August 28, some 22 activists led by one James Ndi Tangiri, who equally claims to be fighting for the independence of the United Nations Organisation, UNO, State of Cameroon, requested UN Secretary General to mount pressure for the release of Prof. Chia Ateh who is the workshops coordinator of UNO State of Cameroon.

The incarcerated activists are pleading with the UN Secretary General to use preventive diplomacy and "call on Mr. Paul Biya the President of La République du Cameroun to release Chia and 13 others immediately."

The activists equally want the UN Secretary General to cause President Biya to "withdraw his forces of occupation from our territory the UNO State of Cameroon."In order to ensure what the activists call their freedoms and liberties, they are urging Ban Ki Moon to "station UN forces in UNO State of Cameroon for the liberties of our citizens.

"Also hoist the United Nations flag and urge Biya and his gendarmes to release the picture portrait of the president of the ongoing 62nd session of the United Nations General assembly in the keeping of the gendarmes from La République".

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