A separatist militia known as the Fako Mountain Lions claimed responsibility for a raid in Buea on Monday, January 29, during which one person was killed and vehicles were set ablaze.
During the raid, armed men claiming to be Fako Mountain Lions fighters fired shots into the air and burned vehicles. In a video circulated online, the group said they were targeting residents who defied the "ghost town" lockdowns imposed by the separatist movement. The lockdown, observed every Monday, requires residents to stay home and businesses to close.
The Fako Mountain Lions threatened attacks on anyone who violates the curfew, which aims to disrupt government activity. The group is linked to Samuel Sako Ikome, a separatist leader based abroad who claims to be president of the "Federal Republic of Ambazonia," an unrecognized state sought by some Anglophone Cameroonians. Ikome attempted to succeed Sissiku Ayuk Tabe, who led the Ambazonia interim government until his arrest in Nigeria in 2018. Ayuk Tabe was transferred to Cameroon and sentenced to life in prison in 2019.
Despite leadership struggles, separatist groups continue to operate in the Anglophone regions, carrying out attacks on civilians and security forces. The conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands and claimed thousands of lives.