A senior separatist commander surrendered to Cameroonian authorities in the country’s restive Anglophone region of Southwest Tuesday, a government official said.
Ndong Chamberlin Ntou’ou, prefect of Meme division of the Southwest region, told journalists that the militant commander well-known as “general Goddy Elangwe” handed himself over to government officials in the town of Kumba.
“General Goddy was a big amba general. He was among the first to pick up arms against the government but he has decided to join us (government) in the reconstruction of the country,” Ntou’ou said, adding that the government was open to receive defectors from the armed separatist groups as part of the amnesty program announced by the country’s President Paul Biya.
Elangwe’s surrender adds to several middle-level and high-profile defections by separatist fighters since the start of this year.
“Violence is not the right path to peace in the country. I am asking all fighters still in the bushes to drop their arms and ask for forgiveness,” Elangwe told reporters.
Since 2017, government forces have been clashing with armed separatists who are seeking to create an independent nation in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest. Enditem