The Yaoundé Military Court has slammed a life sentence on separatist leaders found guilty as charged of all the different counts.
During the counts hearing this Tuesday, 20th August 2019, the Ayuk Tabe and nine Co accused were also levied a fine of 250 billion CFA for prejudice caused.
The judgement was passed by the presiding judge, Jacque Baudouin Misse Njono and council after about 15 hours of hearings.
The court session that began at 1pm on Monday, 19th August 2019 went throughout the night and the verdict was only made public at about 5:00am Tuesday morning.
The defence council led by Barrister Eta Bissong once again accused the judge of passing a partial judgement.
Ten counts of accusations
The presiding judge Jacques Baudouin Misse Njone read out the ten counts for which the ten separatists leaders have been charged.
– Apology for acts of Terrorism,
– Complicity to acts of terrorism,
– Financing of acts of Terrorism,
– Hostility against fatherland,
– Propagation of fake news,
– Internal and external attack on state security
– Lack of national identity cards.
The separatists’ leaders were 5th January 2018 by Nigerian Department of State Service (DSS). They were later transferred to Cameroon and detained at the Secretariat of State in charge of the National Gendarmerie in Yaoundé.
The sentencing of Ayuk Tabe and Co puts an end to the long trial that has feed media tabloids and press organs for over a year.
It’s also perceived by some analysts as a step towards a definite end to the socio-political and Security crisis in the North West and South West regions