The Northwest region of Cameroon is in a mourning mood after the killing of a young journalist, Anye Nde Nsoh.
The 26-year-old was, Sunday night, shot outside the Don Simon relaxation spot in Bamenda, where he served as a hype-man for DJs.
Anye had stepped out to get a battery for the sound system’s microphone when separatist terrorists stormed the bar and ordered everyone to leave.
The deceased returned, just as people rushed out for safety in the ensuing confusion, and was seen dropping to the floor.
A contingent of government forces arrived at the scene and dislodged the invaders after a gunfight, but Anye did not get up.
Upon a closer look, it was discovered he had been hit in the chest. Anye died on the way to the Bamenda Regional Hospital.
The police have blamed “a group of armed terrorists”, adding that investigations were ongoing to bring “the outlaws to book.”
Capo Daniel, a leader of the Ambazonia Defense Council, said Anye was shot by one of the group’s fighters who thought he was a military commander.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday urged the Cameroonian authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing and hold those responsible to account.
“Journalists in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions find themselves under attack by both the government and separatist fighters.
“Both sides must respect the rights of journalists to report freely and ensure their safety,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator.
Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo was tortured and murdered in January, while Jean-Jacques Ola Bebe was shot dead in February.
Fighting between the military and separatists from the English-speaking minority has killed over 6,000 people and displaced 765,000 since 2017, according to Crisis Group.