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Anglophone Crisis : North West Governor extends curfew

The escalation of the Anglophone crisis in the English Speaking regions has prompted authorities to take imeasures to contain the violence that has been ensuing.

It is the case in the North West region where a curfew has been imposed for the second week running by the Governor of the Region Adolphe Lele LAfrique.

After the killing of three security forces two weeks ago in Belo and Bamenda in two separate incidents, a curfew was imposed on the region as well as a release banning the use and keeping of firearms.

According to a release signed by the Governor, movement of persons and goods is prohibited in the region from 8PM to 6AM.

However, the measure does not concern « administrative authorities, forces of law and order, persons and vehicles with special authorization to circulate and ambulance ».

It is a similar situation in Buea, the Regional capital of the South West where the population have been caught by surprise with a curfew which started last week.

All bars, nightclubs, businesses have been forced to shut down before 8pm in Buea as well as vehicles and motorcycles, witnesses say. Even the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope which used to be a big fiesta in the city was held under a tense atmophere with a tight presence of security forces in town.

The curfew comes in force following orders from the Minister of Defence Joseph Beti Assomo instructing the two Regional Governors to reinforce security and patrols in their regions especially in the borders. The Minister’s orders revealed intelligence information gathered points to the fact that secessionist attacks will be launched in both regions with the help of Niger Delta militants.

Despite the tight security in the city, separate incidents were recorded last week with the corpse of a man popularly called « Mola » discovered in an advanced state of decomposition at the Ndongo school field in Molyko.

The circumstances of his death are not clear but residents say traces of bullets could be found on the deceased body.

Published on 05.05.2023

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