On the evening of May 22, 2024, Dr. Aku Joseph Gwe, the National President of the Kejom Keku Cultural and Development Association (KEKCUDA), was forcibly taken from his home at Mile 3 Nkwen, Bamenda III. Around 7 PM, Cameroonian military personnel abducted Dr. Gwe, accusing him of collaborating with Ambazonian freedom fighters. His lifeless body was discovered the next morning in the “Nkemnkem” area of CHS Bambui, Tubah, on May 23, 2024.

Dr. Gwe, a veterinary doctor from Big Babanki (Kejom Keku), was a well-respected figure in his community. His remains were transferred to the St. Blaise mortuary by the Deputy Officer (DO) of Tubah. This incident is part of a larger pattern of violence and repression in the region, where individuals suspected of supporting the Ambazonian independence movement are often targeted.

Prior to his abduction, Dr. Gwe had been summoned by Cameroonian military officials to the Legion Commander’s office in Bamenda for interrogation regarding his alleged involvement in the Ambazonian independence struggle. This earlier interrogation highlights the ongoing atmosphere of suspicion and intimidation that pervades the region.

The conflict in Ambazonia, which began in 2016, has seen numerous human rights abuses, with civilians frequently caught in the crossfire. The Cameroonian government’s response to the separatist movement has been marked by heavy-handed military tactics, resulting in significant civilian harm. Dr. Gwe’s abduction and murder underscore the severe consequences faced by those perceived to be aligned with the Ambazonian cause.

Dr. Gwe’s death has had a profound impact on the community. As a prominent figure in Kejom Keku and a dedicated veterinary doctor, his loss is deeply felt. His leadership in KEKCUDA demonstrated his commitment to cultural and community development, making his death a significant blow to local efforts to preserve and promote Kejom Keku heritage.

The broader implications of Dr. Gwe’s murder extend beyond the immediate loss to his community. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangerous environment for activists and community leaders in the region. The pervasive fear and uncertainty generated by such incidents further destabilize an already volatile situation.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly called for investigations into human rights abuses in the region and have urged the Cameroonian government to engage in dialogue with Ambazonian leaders. Despite these calls, the violence continues unabated, perpetuating a cycle of fear and repression.

The community’s response to Dr. Gwe’s death has been one of mourning and calls for justice. Community leaders and activists are demanding a thorough investigation into his abduction and murder, as well as increased protection for those at risk of similar fates. They continue to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, emphasizing the need for respect for human rights and the cessation of military aggression.

In conclusion, the abduction and murder of Dr. Aku Joseph Gwe on May 22, 2024, in Bamenda III, highlight the ongoing conflict in Ambazonia and the severe consequences for those perceived to support the independence movement. His death underscores the urgent need for a peaceful and just resolution to the conflict, as well as sustained international attention and support to address human rights abuses and promote lasting peace in the region.