The mortal remains of late Chief Stephen Esoh Itoh of Ekondo Titi, South West Region of Cameroon, murdered on a church yard on Sunday, August 12, have been ferried to the Limbe Regional Hospital mortuary Annex pending funeral arrangements.
Chief Itoh’s remains were transported to the Limbe morgue on the same day he was assassinated in Ekondo Titi.
Chief Stephen Esoh Itoh
Scores of family members, politicians and other State functionaries who answered present at the mortuary were visibly inconsolable. Family members wailed in agony cursing the perpetrators of the attack. Others could not bear the sight of the lifeless body of the once revered traditional ruler wrapped in a piece of cloth as it was being removed from a bus at the morgue.
The National Times could not independently confirm reports that the corpse was transported through the high seas to Limbe.
While the assailants of the Chief remain at large, public condemnation and consternation against the incident remains heightened across Cameroon.
His peers traditional rulers have remained deaden as many continue to question the killing of a custodian of tradition on a church premises.
Isoh’s death brings to three the number of traditional rulers in the South West who have died under questionable circumstances since the current Anglophone Crisis. On January 12 this year, around midnight, gunmen attacked and killed Chief Johannes Ekebe Niongo of Ngongo Bakundu.
He was coordinating the wake keeping of late Chief Manfred Tukwa of Kwa-Kwa Bakundu when doom struck.
Meanwhile, on Friday July 27, it was the demise of Chief Edwin Banda of Lysoka. He died in captivity under questionable circumstances.