In a press release on Monday, 15 February 2021, the military spokesman said the Defence and Security Forces have nothing to do with the incident.
Navy Captain Atonfack says the sad event in Batibo is the result of scores-settling between the Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) of Lucas Ayaba Cho and the Southern Cameroon Defence Forces (SOCADEF) of Ebenezer Akwanga.
Below is the entirety of the press release signed by Navy Captain Atonfack Guemo Cyrille Serge:
“The Ministry of Defence hereby communicates: On Thursday, 11 February 2021, a viral video of an amateur report appeared on the blogosphere showing an adult weeping with a charred infant in his arms. The authors, who posted this macabre video attributed the origin of the fatal fire to elements of the Defence and Security Forces, accused of having carried out a raid and set houses on fire in the Batibo locality, Momo Division, North-West Region.
“This is a hoax. An absolute hoax.
“The sad events of Batibo rather refer to a settling of scores between two identified terrorist criminal factions, which are causing death and disarray in the administrative regions of the North-West and South-West. They are the Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) led by the unscrupulous Ayaba Cho, and the Southern Cameroon Defence Forces (SOCADEF) under the orders of guru Ebenezer Akwanga.
“In the present case, underlings from the Ambazonia Defence Forces led by the pseudo general “Big Efang” alias “Big Number” were charged by Ayaba Cho to murder the alleged general “Commando”, responsible for SOCADEF terrorist operations in the Batibo sector.
“Informed of this punitive expedition, the so-called “Commando” fled with his wife, urgently abandoning his baby in the hideout, which also served as a depot for adulterated contraband fuel as well as homemade gun power. These two highly flammable and explosive products will help fuel the house fire ordered in ultimate retaliation by the so-called “BIG EFANG” alias “BIG NUMBER”, burning the baby in the process.
“A few hours later, secessionist propaganda, supported by certain media and national and international non-governmental organisations, of well-known editorial lines and allegiance, were echoing an alleged attack by the Defence and Security Forces in Batibo on 11 February 2021; pure lies and falsehood.
“This new episode of demonization of our Defence and Security Forces clearly seems to be part of a scheme programmed to demoralise and even demobilise them in the conduct of their defence missions of the territorial integrity of the country and protection of people and their property.”
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