The Government of Cameroon has banned the sale of self-defence weapons amidst the growing insecurity prevailing in some parts of the country, including the two English-speaking regions.
The decision was made known by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji at the end of a meeting with proprietors of firearms in the country this Thursday May 06 in Yaounde.
According to the Territorial Administration boss, this comes as the country keeps recording crimes committed in towns and cities nationwide and the non-negligible insecurity prevailing in some parts of Cameroon.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Atanga Nji said the circulation of these weapons which most of the time are held illegally constitutes a big threat to the security of the country.
He has thus placed a ban on their sales and reminded proprietors of such weapons the regulations governing ownership and use in Cameroon.
He insisted on the fact that it is only the Ministry of Territorial Administration which grants authorization to hold a gun and administrative authorities by delegation of power.
The need to keep data on persons who buy these self-defence weapons and ensure authorization is not fake as well as conformity in the authorization of different guns was equally part of Minister Atanga Nji’s preoccupations.
This decision reminds us of a similar one taken by the Territorial boss last year in August on the conditions for citizens in the restive Anglophone regions to own a machete.
This decision followed a series of brutal killings perpetrated by suspected Ambazonia fighters notably with machetes.