Julius Ayuk Tabe, Cornelius Kwanga, Dr Egbe Orock, Barrister Eyambe Ebai, Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, Dr. Kimeng Henry, Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Prof. Augustine Awasum, Barrister Shufai Blaise and Tassang Wilfred were standing trial against the People of Cameroon on charges of secession, terrorism, hostility against the state of Cameroon, revolution and the non-possession of their identity cards among other charges.
In fact, Barrister Ayukotang Ndep Nkongho who is familiar with the case is reported as saying that the ten accused persons were guilty of all the charges levied against them.
The trial that started Monday afternoon ended at about 5:38am Tuesday morning with the verdict pronounced by the presiding military judge, Lieutenant Colonel Misse Njone Jacques.
Defense lawyers say their clients were each sentenced to life jail and will jointly pay FCFA 250 billion to the civil party and the state as well as jointly pay FCFA 12 billion as cost of the trial or serve an additional five years each.
Shortly after the verdict was handed down Tuesday morning, a message attributable to Barrister Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemous, Media and Communication Chairman of the Defense Team of Sisiku Ayuk Julius Tabe and others said:
“Let the entire world be informed that at exactly 5:38am this Tuesday the 20th day of August 2019, the President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia and the nine (9) others have been slammed the life sentence by the Yaounde Military Tribunal in gross violation of their rights as accused persons.”
Julius Ayuk Tabe, Cornelius Kwanga, Dr Egbe Orock, Barrister Eyambe Ebai, Dr. Fidelis Nde Che, Dr. Kimeng Henry, Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor, Prof. Augustine Awasum, Barrister Shufai Blaise and Tassang Wilfred were arrested in Nigeria on January 5, 2018 in connection with the socio-political upheavals in Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions. They were later extradited to Cameroon.
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius is said to be the President of the Interim Government of Ambazonia, a self-proclaimed country whose independence separatists have since taken up arms to seek.
It is expected that defence lawyers will appeal the August 20, 2019 verdict of the Yaounde Military Court.