By Mua Patrick, January 20, 2017
Cameroon Journal Yaoundé – Mancho Bibixy, The initiator of last November 21 protest in Bamenda which turned violent, has been arrested and ferried to Yaounde where he is currently being detained.
Mancho’s arrest Wednesday by police in Bamenda now brings to three the number of Anglophone leaders arrested since government began a merciless crackdown on individuals who have been fronting the ongoing struggle of what they consider as the liberation of English-speaking Cameroonians.
Security forces in Buea had on Tuesday January 17 arrested Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla and Fontem Neba, President and Secretary General of the now banned Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium respectively.
Sources in Bamenda say Mancho was arrested in the early hours of Thursday together with his girlfriend from a hideout where he had taken temporal sojourn at the Ntamulung neighbourhood.
He was immediately ferried to Yaounde overnight amidst tight security before being thrown into a detention cell at the Secretariat of State for Defence in Charge of the National Gendarmerie known by its French acronym SED, a lawyer confirmed to The Cameroon Journal yesterday.
Following Mancho bibixy’s arrest yesterday, violence is reported to have erupted in Bamenda as hundreds of irate youths stormed the streets to demand for his unconditional release.
Several gunshots, locals confirmed, were heard around neighbourhoods to include Travellers, Hospital Roundabout, City Chemist and Ntarikon while Commercial Avenue, the city’s busiest hub, was completely deserted for a larger part of the day. Most shops, banks, fuel stations and markets remained closed.
Anti-riot police are said to have tear gassed a rampaging crowd around the Travellers neighbourhood. The running battles between the police and civilians led to several arrests. A fatally-wounded youth was said to have been rushed to hospital.
Government authorities in Bamenda are yet to issue a statement on yesterday’s unrest but The Cameroon Journal observed that the Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam toured several neighbourhoods shortly after relative calm had returned for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
In the meantime, Mancho Bibixy before his arrest was last seen in public Saturday January 14 when he joined SDF Member of Parliament for Jakiri, Hon Wirba Joseph in staging a rally in Kumbo.
Mancho came to the spotlight on November 21, 2016 when he surfaced at the City Chemist roundabout with a casket indicting the Bamenda City Council for the deplorable road network and for other social problems in the North West regional capital.
The Pidgin English Newscaster with a local radio station in Bamenda had stormed the City Chemist Round-about with a coffin declaring he was ready to die while protesting for change. He was particularly denouncing the slow rate of development in the City, accusing the Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council, Vincent Ndumu, of stifling the development of the city.
Mancho Bibixy later began fighting against bad governance and the marginalisation of Anglophones in the country. He had been arrested and released at least twice before yesterday’s arrest which has now landed him in Yaounde.