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Cameroun’s parliament convenes amid growing insecurity

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“With the increasing demand for a return to peace in the two war-torn English speaking regions, rampant kidnappings in the mountainous region of Adamawa

“And terror threats from Boko Haram in the Far North region, parliamentarians are under pressure to address the issues.’’

“The constituents want us to discuss about these issues and find a solution.

“We look forward to addressing security constraints especially in the Anglophone regions that are going through difficult times. This session gives us that opportunity.” parliament member, Charles Moki, said.

“The continuous killings, arson acts, looting and abuse of human rights have caused sleepless nights to me, [it’s] reason why we decided to come out with a peace path.

“We hope that this session of parliament discusses about this and find a peaceful solution to the crisis,” according to parliament member, Francis Abi, who heads a civil movement to seek peace in Anglophone regions.

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5 civilians killed in accidental explosion in Cameroun’s Anglophone region

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An accidental explosion killed a woman and four children in Ngarbuh village of the Anglophone region of Northwest Cameroun when the military attacked separatist camps in the area.

Camerounian army spokesperson Cyrille Nguemo said in a statement on Monday that the government forces carried out an attack on “fortified camps” of armed separatists in the village on Friday and separatists retaliated with “heavy fire”.

“The fighting continued until the explosion of several fuel containers, followed by a violent fire that affected some neighbouring homes.

“This fire left five victims, including a woman and four children dead,” Nguemo said in the statement.

A separatist leader under anonymity claimed some 40 civilians were killed during the military operation, and “there was never any confrontation between government soldiers and our fighters (armed separatists)”.

Nguemo said that the allegations by separatists were false and stressed that “it is quite simply an unfortunate accident, a collateral consequence of the ongoing security operations in the region.”

Villagers who survived the attack on Monday that a pregnant woman and several children including two toddlers were among those killed in last Friday’s incidents that also torched nine houses.

An “in-depth investigation” has been carried out on the “regrettable incident”, the Cameroun Army spokesperson said.

Cameroun has increased attacks on separatists in the two Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest since President Paul Biya promised in December 2019 to combat separatists “who persist in going down the wrong road and continue to use violence”.

According to the UN, there have been more than 700,000 refugees and internally displaced persons since separatists began clashing with government forces in 2017 to establish an independent nation they call “Ambazonia” in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim

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Explosive device kills 9 in Cameroun, injures 26

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At least nine people were killed and 26 injured after an explosion in northern Cameroun, local authorities have confirmed on Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Monday in Fotokol, a town near the border with Nigeria, when “young men in search of metals’’ stumbled on a homemade bomb before mistakenly detonating it, Regional Governor Midjiyawa Bakari said.

Initially, there were fears that the explosion was linked to the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram which poses a steady threat in Nigeria, but Bakari dismissed this after investigations proved otherwise.

He said a group of people going to a market in Fotokol had all crossed the informal border bridge from Nigeria. The youngsters were attracted by the glint of metal.

“One of them realised the metal was dangerous and wanted to get rid of it, but the device exploded.

Those injured were receiving treatment at a local medical facility,’’ Bakari said.

While active in Nigeria, Boko Haram has also launched offensives in neighbouring Cameroun, Chad and Niger.

Since 2009, tens of thousands of people have died at the hands of the Sunni fundamentalists in the region and an estimated 2.5 million people fled their homes.

It has not been established who had planted the device or when it had been planted.

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New recruits of Cameroun army conclude anti-terror drill

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(Xinhua/NAN) More than 1,000 new recruits of the Cameroun army on Tuesday concluded an anti-terror drill in the country’s South Region.

The drill enhanced their capability of handling terror attacks and also defended the territorial integrity of Cameroun, said Lt.-Col. Gerald Tabi, Commander of the Military Training Centre of Djoum Town in the Region, where the new recruits were trained for roughly two months.

“Fifty-one days of training is a whole programme of transformation … We put them in the situation of the tactical field, especially today [when] we live in a period of uncertainty,” Tabi said.

The 1,226 soldiers swore to defend the flag of Cameroun during a ceremony in Djoum that brought together top military officials of the country.

Maj.-Gen. Philippe Mpay, Commander of Military Schools and Training Centres, encouraged the soldiers during the oath-taking ceremony to defend “the institutions of Cameroun against internal and external enemies and to do this in honour and loyalty.”

Cameroun is facing growing threats from the terror group Boko Haram in its Far North Region and a separatist conflict in its English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest.

President Paul Biya has promised not to harm the separatists and Boko Haram militants, who will lay down their weapons, but warned that those who continue the armed struggle will “face the full force” of the Cameroun army. (Xinhua/NAN)


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4 kidnapped, 11 injured in Cameroun separatist attack

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(Xinhua/NAN) No fewer than 11 plantation workers were seriously injured and four others abducted on Monday night by armed separatists in Tiko, a locality in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking region of Southwest, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Four of the injured workers on a rubber plantation of state-owned Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) were rushed to the hospital early Tuesday with life-threatening wounds.

“They (armed separatists) arrived when the workers were about to sleep and assembled them in the yard and started flogging one after another with machetes.

“They chopped off the fingers and hands of some of them. And then abducted four men and left for the bush,” Lygonga Mbonde, one of the unit managers of CDC said.

Separatist groups had vowed on social media to make the English speaking regions of Cameroon ungovernable.

They consider CDC a legitimate target, according to security reports.

The CDC runs banana, palm oil, and rubber plantations in Cameroon’s troubled Southwest and Northwest regions.

In August 2018, the agro-industry said more than 6,000 of its 20,000 workers had fled sporadic attacks, killings and kidnapping from armed separatists.

Cameroon’s English-speaking regions have been hit by a separatist rebellion since 2017.

A national dialogue to end the separatist conflict was held in the country in early October and recommended that a special status should be granted to the two regions. (Xinhua/NAN)


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Cameroun opens national dialogue to end separatists agitation

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A national dialogue to end separatists agitation in Cameroun’s English-speaking regions has opened on Monday.

The talks, led by Prime Minister Joseph Ngute, will find “lasting solutions’’ to the conflict in the Anglophone regions and “also other problems” in Cameroun, Minister of Communication Emmanuel Rene Sadi said.

Hundreds of delegates from the 10 regions of the country are taking part in the dialogue that is expected to end on Friday.

Camerounians from all walks of life, including the opposition, diaspora and members of armed groups are attending the dialogue, George Ewane, spokesperson of the national dialogue, said.

Some leaders of the separatists mainly based out of the country have declined an invitation to participate in the talks, stressing that the talks are not “inclusive and sincere.”

Since 2017, armed separatists have been clashing with government forces in the two Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest in a bid to create an independent nation they called “Ambazonia.”

Hundreds have died and more than 530,000 have been displaced internally by the conflict, according to the UN.

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Cameroun court sentences 10 separatist leaders to life over terrorism

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The convicts have 10 days to appeal the verdict, Judge Lt.-Col. Misse Njone, said while handing down the verdict.

Among them was Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, President of the self-declared breakaway state called “Ambazonia,” made up of the Northwest and the Southwest, two Anglophone regions of Francophone-majority Cameroun.

Tabe and 46 other separatist activists were arrested in Nigeria in January 2018 then extradited to Cameroun.

Cameroun government forces and armed separatists have been clashing since 2017 after the separatists declared the “independence” of the two Anglophone regions.

Over 300 security forces have been killed since then, according to the Cameroun army.

The number of civilians and armed separatists killed in the clashes is not officially available. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Cholera death toll in northern Cameroun rises to 48

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The number of people killed by an outbreak of cholera in the North and Far North regions of Cameroun has risen from two in April to 48, officials of the Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday said.

Arabo Saidou, an official of the ministry said 775 others have been diagnosed with the disease.

”The outbreak of the disease is caused by failure to abide with hygienic regulations.

”Access to drinking water is very difficult in this semi-arid part of the country and people tend to drink just anything.” Saidou said.

On Monday, Cameroon’s Minster of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie, said the situation was “alarming” stressing on the need for the population to respect “basic hygiene rules”.

”The public should take necessary measures to improve hygiene in their homes in order to help the government’s efforts to control the disease,” Saidou said.

For many years, cholera has been a common occurrence in Cameroon’s northern regions where floods during raining season are recurrent.

In April, health officials of the country said cholera killed at least two people and 19 suspected cases registered in North region, barely four months after the government declared the country free of the disease. (Xinhua/NAN)
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Defeat of Cameroun should not encourage complacency – SWAN deputy national chairman

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The  Deputy  National Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigerian (SWAN), Umar Said, said on Saturday that the Super Eagles still needed to address some lapses to clinch the trophy in the ongoing African Cup of Nations.

Reacting to the  defeat of Cameroun by the Eagles, he warned that the victory should not deceive the Nigerian players into thinking that the most difficult task of the tournament had been accomplished.

“I am happy as a Nigerian that Nigeria defeated Cameroon 3-2, but I have a lot of concern about their performances.

“My major concern is that we have a lot of homework to do, especially our defence line,

He faulted the Centre Referee for not cautioning some of the players that were ungentlemanly on the field of play.

He noted that refusing to use the big stick on such defaulters did not help matters as the encounter was not as clean as expected.

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Onigbinde, others congratulate Super Eagles on victory over Cameroun

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NAN reports that the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday defeated the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun 3-2 in a round of 16 match to book a place in the quarter finals.

Onigbinde congratulated Nigeria and the Super Eagles on their victory over Cameroun, wishing them further successes.

“I say a big congratulations to Nigeria and the Super Eagles on this victory. I wish the country and the team further successes,” he said.

Mr Niyi Alebiosu, Chairman, Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Oyo State Chapter, said the victory was well deserved.

“It is a well deserved victory. Nigerians must learn how to support their own than condemning them. I was optimistic that Eagles will defeat Cameroun.

“The Super Eagles’ loss to Madagascar was a wake up call. Also, the rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroun over the years was a key factor in the match,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the team would be in the semi-final and probably final.

Mr Dotun Ajibade, a football enthusiast, congratulated the team and Nigerians on the victory, urging them to be more focused.

Other Nigerians, who spoke with NAN, commended the Eagles for their superb come back to secure the victory.

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