USA(National Times)-The Lead Counsel for the detained Ambazonia Leaders and 37 other Anglophones arrested in the Nigerian State of Taraba has alleged that his clients are still alive and would be in court on November 1 for the Habeas Corpus case filed for their immediate release.
On a Northern American trip where he attended an Ambazonia confab, Barrister Fru John Nsoh, held that there were rumours circulating around about the possible death of Sisiku Ayuk Julius Tabe and co because security officers at the Gendarmerie Headquarters refused family members from visiting the detainees for some weeks.
He dispelled these rumours and said even though they did not see Sisiku Ayuk Tabe. “I saw Sisiku Ayuk Tabe. I want to announce that all of them are alive, we have not had the opportunity to work together because the regime has prevented me and my team to work,” he said. The news was received by great cheer in the hall.
As he addressed the conference organised by advocates of the State of Ambazonia including the Acting Interim President of Ambazonia, Dr Samuel Sako and renowned Kenyan Law Professor, PLO Lumumba who has been campaigning for an independent Ambazonia, Fru John promised the crowd that Sisiku would be seen by the public on November 1.
He assured them that the Magistrate has given firm instructions that Sisiku and others be brought before the bar on November 1. Barrister Fru John alleged that their non-appearance during the last session of the case was as a result of bad faith from the detaining officers, who refused to bring them to the court even after being served a production warrant by the Magistrate.
In the opinion of the Barrister-at-Law, the road may still be long before they are released since the Cameroonian legal system cannot grant them a fair trial.
He held that after exhausting all national jurisdictions they would be going to international courts. “We are not naïve, we know we are not going to get justice. But before you get to international jurisdictions you must show that you have exhausted national jurisdictions,” Barrister Fru John disclosed.
He announced that they are not just filing a Habeas Corpus case for the release of the Ambazonian leaders, but the other 37 Southern Cameroonians who were arrested in the Taraba state of Nigeria.
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, who is said to the leader of Ambazonia and some members of his Government were arrested on January 5,2018, during a meeting at Nera Hotels, Abuja. They were later extradited to Yaoundé together with 37 other persons arrested in Taraba State.
For seven months, they were held in underground locations and incommunicado until their case was first brought up on August 30,2018 in their absence.
It was dismissed and Lawyers for the detainees filed for an appeal which was heard on October 11, still the detainees were not brought to court by security officers.
If they finally appear on November, it would be their first ever outing since January 5.