On Saturday, November 25, armed men suspected of being separatist militiamen stormed a popular snack bar in the town of Bamenda, opening fire on those present. A Nigerian film crew, including renowned actor Sylvester Nadu, was hanging out at the location. The attack left six people dead and many others injured.
In a bid to justify the attack, separatist leader Lucas Cho Ayaba, based abroad, wrote this on Twitter: "He dressed up in Cameroon's military attire in a war zone. Despite being cautioned not to be instrumentalized by Cameroun, Sylvester Nadu thought the struggle for self-determination was a movie. His callousness caused the death of two persons. Stay away from Amba. Its not Nollywood."
A few hours earlier, on Saturday, in the North-West region, the body of a deputy mayor of Balikumbat who had been kidnapped a week earlier was found. Sources indicate that the man was killed after the kidnappers' ransom demands were met. Additionally, the body of a censor from the Kumbo Government Bilingual High School, who had also been kidnapped a few days earlier by armed men, was discovered.
These tragedies occurred during the same week that separatists from the troubled North-West region raided the small market of Bamenyam, in the neighboring West region. According to official figures, the attack left nine people dead and many more wounded. The attack occurred on Tuesday, November 21. This comes in addition to the murder of a 15-year-old girl in Bamenda, who was struck by a stray bullet while her father was defending her against kidnappers.
In total, at least 18 people were killed in various separatist attacks over the past week. These deaths follow the 25 people killed in the November 6 attack in Mamfe, in the South-West region, making November 2023 one of the bloodiest months since the outbreak of the conflict in 2017.
In an interview with state-owned media CRTV, geostrategist Vincent Ntuda Ebode attributed this surge in violence to the activation of dormant separatist cells.