The body of the Paramount Ruler of the Balondos, Chief Stephen Essoh Itoh, was on Friday September 14, 2018, laid to rest under tight security.
Itoh’s remains were flown through the high seas from Limbe to the Ekondo Titi beach from where he was laid to rest in his chiefdom.
Security measures are reported to have been stepped up following the circumstances under which he was murdered on Sunday, August 12, while in Church.
The unhealthy atmosphere of the Anglophone Crisis punctured what would have been a grandiose occasion for a man of Chief Itoh’s calibre. He had links within the social and political strata of Cameroon. Yet his land could not host the funeral as it would have been if the atmosphere was secure.
Itoh’s funeral is better off than that of the former Mayor of Ekodno Titi, Alfred Mbongo Ngoe. Mbongo’s corpse could not be ferried from Kumba into Ekondo Titi following threats from gunmen.
He was buried in Tancha-Kumba under emergency procedures after funeral arrangements collapsed back in Ekondo Titi.
Chief Etoh was one of the most respected traditional rulers of the oil-rich Ndian Division. He once served as Mayor of Ekondo Titi. He occupied the post of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PAMOL Plantations for over 10 years. He was a retired teacher. He once served as President of the South West Chiefs’ Conference.