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Why Sisiku’s Acrimony With Military Officials Sparked Confusion At Yaoundé Military Tribunal

Yaounde (National Times)-There was commotion Thursday, March 7 at the Yaoundé Military Tribunal as soldiers attempted to prevent Ambazonia leaders from meeting with family members including the Chairman of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) party, who had travelled from the North West and South West Regions to witness the trial.

Before the Ambazonia leaders could be ferried into the courtroom, family members and sympathisers had already congregated to meet Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and his lieutenants again as has been the tradition for some time now.

However, they were prevented from reaching out to them by combat ready soldiers posted to the courtroom.

Being the leader of the group of 10, Sisiku AyukTabe in a very bold and courageous moved burst out and furiously protested against the move. Addressing the soldiers in French, he claimed his right to visits and meetings with family members must be respected.

This brought the entire court into a standstill and after heated arguments they were finally granted access to these persons including the SDF Chairman, Fru Ndi, who was attending the court session for the first time.

The case was however adjourned to the March 27 because the Military Judge handling the case, Colonel Mem Michel was transferred last Tuesday, March 5 by a Presidential decree to Buea. A new Judge has been assigned to the case and the adjournment is to give him more time to study the case file.

 

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