BY SANDRA LUM
The Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) has paid homage to one of its prominent activists, Mr. Ajeagah George, who died on December 18th, 2007.
SCNC activists have been holding ceremonies in honour of Ajeagah George. He is being remembered for the active role he played in propagating the ideals of the movement that has been clamouring for the restoration of the state of Southern Cameroons.
Ajeagah George, amongst others, was known for going around schools and market areas in the English-speaking Regions of Cameroon sensitising on the ideology of SCNC, he died after leaving prison.
Sources close to the family say Mr. Ajeagah was arrested without any warrant in February 2006 and imprisoned. This arrest was supposedly in connection with his activism against the state of Cameroun. He always believed and could die for a free and independent Southern Cameroons. Therefore, him alongside other activists, would organise meetings to educate the English population. He also wrote so many petitions against the government advocating for good infrastructure and development in the English-speaking North West and South West regions.
He fell very sick while in detention and remained in prison until his health condition deteriorated. He was later released from prison because of his very poor health in May 2007.
His family then rushed him to a Bamenda hospital where he was hospitalised for months and then later died on December 18th, 2007.
Though the family mourns him in fear of the unknown, they hold the Cameroun government responsible for the death of their father/husband.
Mr. Ajeagah left behind his spouse Rose, many children and other family members to mourn him.
It should be recalled that the SCNC is an offshoot of the All Anglophone Conferences, AAC I and AAC II which held in Buea and Bamenda in 1993 and 1994 respectively. The organisation of the conferences was spearheaded by Dr Simon Munzu, Barrister Sam Ekontang Elad and Prof Carlson Anyangwe.