He is listed in official records as head of the Bwassa village, a town located in the Buea suburbs (South-West region), and as a soldier in the rapid intervention battalion (BIR). But if John Ewome Ekobo, known as Chief Moja Moja, has been to know on the English-speaking front, it is less for his many hats than for the singularity – and the brutality – of his fight against the separatists.
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Whether he wears his traditional chief’s clothes or a military fatigues, Moja Moja says he is endowed with a mission: that of eliminating any desire for independence in the department of Fako, to which his hometown of Buea belongs, regardless of the way. An inveterate propagandist of the unitary state, the forties is indeed suspected of a long list of excesses, perpetrated under cover of the fight against the separatists.
Silence of the hierarchy
Tired of the silence of his superiors within the army, a collective of lawyers was formed and filed, on July 12, a complaint with the Yaoundé military court for “abuse of office”, “torture”, ” arrest”, “kidnapping” and “conditional threats” against civilians. On August 22, the same collective announced that the Cameroonian Defense Forces had decided to open an investigation and asked the complainants to provide them with additional information to support their accusations.