Several SCNC youth who were meeting in Lewoh in Lebialem division, Southwest of Cameroon, in the afternoon of April 13, 2013 escaped when armed troops stormed the village looking for their whereabouts. Three of the activists were said to have been arrested.
According to reports, the activists were meeting on that fateful day to strategize how to get many more Lewoh youth to join the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), which is championing the restoration of the Independence of Anglophone Cameroon.
Those arrested included Atehkeng Zinkeng, one of the organizers of the meeting.
The security operatives reportedly confiscated a huge bag of SCNC t-shirts and pro-scnc literature, which were intended for distribution.
It is no secret that supporters of the outlawed SCNC are molested, harassed, arrested, tortured and prosecuted. But the groups’ leadership has vowed that they would stay the course until their goal is attained.
The SCNC came into existence in 1994 as a culmination of growing anger against Anglophone marginalization. On December 30, 1999, the SCNC even seized a local government radio station (CRTV Buea) and for three hours proclaimed the Independence of Southern Cameroons. Since then Government of Cameroon has intensified its crackdown of SCNC activists, with many fleeing into hiding.