Bernard Yong AmbaNews24 Correspondent, Elak, Oku
In the early morning hours of August 23, while
it was still dark, Ambazonia Forces entered the town of Oku and the Cameroon
military took to its heels.
A contingent of Cameroon soldiers had taken control of the town, intimidating residents, extorting from the people, and turned the market into military camp sheds. With Ngum Jerome Njioh (mayor) acting as accomplice, the Cameroon forces had also turned the Council building into a military tribunal and torture chamber where those who resisted their extortion scheme were summarily intimidated and tortured.
As more than eighty (80) armed Ambazonian liberators stormed the town and took over strategic positions, the Cameroon military abandoned the camp and ran for their lives.
The residence of Mr. Njioh, the colonial mayor, was set ablaze. The Council building was also reduced to ashes. Vehicles mostly belonging to individuals who were acting as agents of the military in the area were also set on fire. The market turned into a military camp also could not withstand the inferno that engulfed it.
Many inhabitants, naturally frightened by the scale and intensity of the situation – especially as it was still dark – also fled the scene for safety. There is no indication at this time that any of them was harmed.
At the time of this report, Ambazonia Forces are said to still be in search of the military forces that escaped when former launched the attack.
This is an evolving situation, and AmbaNews24 is monitoring.