In a 10 minutes 36 seconds video released on social media Saturday, March 6, 2021, the separatist strongman, flanked by two masked gunmen, revealed that overzealous gunmen who are high on drugs carry out kidnappings, assault among others.
Efang, presented as the overall commander of ADF fighters on ground zero, hints that because of the atrocities committed by some separatist fighters, the helpless masses are now working closely with Government troops.
Hear Efang: “I come to you today by the grace of God. I know we are in a war in Ambazonia. I know that some of us have done many wrong things to you the population. The prayers you used to say for us have reduced. I come today to ask for your prayers. Some of us will try to make our brothers understand that what they are doing is not correct. We will caution them, advise them. Please continue to support us.”
Efang said the struggle is now a moneymaking venture for many people, unfortunately at the expense of civilian lives.
“Many of our brothers have died because of some of our people who want to enrich themselves in this revolution,” Efang said.
Open sources suggest that the separatist fighters in Cameroon's Anglophone regions are increasingly becoming the biggest consumers and traffickers of illegal drugs. Reports point to the fact that many amba fighters are turning from marijuana and cannabis to even harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Others are said to sniff glue.
Experts familiar with the situation say there are names and codes used to identify the drugs. Powdered cocaine and heroin are known as ‘caillou’, while drugs that are smoked are often referred to as ‘thailand’, which may mean 'smoked drug'.
The ADF’s General Efang said most of the erring separatist fighters are addicted to drugs. After consuming hard drugs, he says these separatist fighters become uncontrollable, proceeding to make life miserable for civilians.
Hear Efang: “This drug called caillou and thailand are sold by our people inside Ambazonia. You can see that our fighters are being arrested today because they consume caillou and thailand. Who is fooling who? We are fooling ourselves. When a fighter takes those drugs, he does not behave normally. That is why you see them walk along the streets harassing and kidnapping civilians. I have told all the generals and commanders to caution their fighters."
“We are not out to torment and intimidate our own people. Anyone selling caillou and thailand, if you are caught, you will go in for it,” he said.
Efang also called for unity within the ranks of the separatist movement at home and abroad, especially between the splintered Ambazonia Interim Government (IG) and the Ambazonia Governing Council (AGovC).