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Patrick Ekema promises violence to secure release of chiefs

The Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema Esunge has promised "violence" as the last resort if the seven Fako chiefs held…

The Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema Esunge has promised “violence” as the last resort if the seven Fako chiefs held in captivity are not released.

The mayor was speaking in Buea on Sunday during a meeting dubbed the “Bakweri forum” held at the premises of the council.

One of the resolutions taken at the forum was the organisation of a protest march by bakweri natives on Tuesday July 31 to advocate for the release of seven Fako chiefs held in captivity by gunmen for the past two weeks.

The non violent protest march will start from Bongo Square passing through the streets of Molyko to the Mile 17 motor park which will be the end point.

“We met to discuss the difficulties we have been facing but it is heartbreaking to know our chiefs were taken by these maquisards …we need to rise up in unism and strategize on how to put an end to this ongoing masquerade,” Patrick Ekema said at the forum.

The mayor also hinted that they could seek a violent approach after Tuesday’s march if the chiefs are not released.

“On Tuesday, we will take a common stance in view of the release of the abducted chiefs…definitely it will be peaceful but 24 hours thereafter, it is going to be violence,” Mayor Ekema warned.

There has been outrage and widespread condemnation after news of the death of one of the abducted traditional rulers Chief Mbanda Njie emerged at the weekend.

Chief Mbanda had been in captivity alongside his seven other peers before his demise as his corpse was later found abandoned around his palace before it was taken to the mortuary of the Buea Regional Hospital.

In a video making rounds on social media, two other traditional rulers Chief Bernard Woloko of Woteva and Chief Njombe Johnson of Wokaka are seen infront of the corpse, apparently under duress narrating the circumstances leading to Chief Mbanda’s death. The fate of the remaining seven chiefs remains unknown with calls intensifying for their release.

The remaining chiefs in captivity are; Chief Liteke of Maumu, Philip Mokwa of Wokeka, Chief Francis Molinga of Liwuh la Malale, Lieti Woloko of Woteva, Njombe Johnson of Wokaka village, Herman Njumbe of Wokwei and Chief Elinge Ndoto of Ewili village.

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