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Suspected Separatist Apologist Disappears, Family Inconsolable 

By Danjuma Bonki

Friends and family members of Cyril Ayuk Taku, a denizen of Tiko, a precinct in Fako Division, Southwest Region of Cameroon, remain inconsolable, following his unprecedented disappearance since June 2008.

Family
sources say Cyril has allegedly been on the radar of the Cameroon Military
amidst suspicion of being part of an activist group, the Southern Cameroons
National Council, a group advocating for the secession of Anglophones from the
Republic of Cameroon.

“Before
Cyril’s disappearance, he always told us he was being tracked by the military.
He even narrated an incident where he was closely followed and monitored while
he returned from work. He said the plain clothe men suspected to be agents of
the Cameroon military, would move around his vicinity, somewhat checking on his
activities. We are very confused if he was finally arrested or he ran for
safety somewhere,” a closed family member who pleaded for anonymity, told this
reporter.

Another
family member indicated that they opened up a manhunt for the missing brother,
all to no avail to ascertain his whereabouts.

“Since
June, we have gone to all detention facilities in Tiko, Limbe, and Buea. We
even sent relatives to Yaounde where another search was carried out, all to no
avail. We also placed announcements on radio, newspapers, and on TV.
Unfortunately, we still did not see anything,” Mr. Tiku Manfred, a relative
said.

In
2009, Cyril’s father, Mr. Tiku Joseph Taku (now of late), waged a vibrant
campaign for the liberation of British Southern Cameroons (Northwest and
Southwest Regions), from La Republique du Cameroun. The campaign was done under
the tutelage of Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), which was highly
animated abroad amidst diaspora involvement, was nonetheless was nonetheless
short-lived due to the unprecedented passing away of Pa Tiku under unclear
circumstances earlier this year.

The
activities of Cyril’s father many indicated, greatly put the lives of the
family in harm’s way as there have been security checks
on members of the family since then. Being a young man, Cyril was even more
victimised giving his possibly association with secessionist tendencies.