The cruelty of the Anglophone crisis rocking the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon has created a wider room for more killings, arbitrary arrest and violation of Human Rights in Cameroon for four years and counting. The crisis seems to only get worse, despite numerous efforts put in place by the government of Cameroon and other bodies, to curb the crisis. The wish of every Anglophone Cameroonian is for normalcy to return in the two regions but peace has been farfetched in these regions
Recently, about 5 people have been killed in Mile 90 in the Northwest Region of Cameroon after being attacked by gunmen. Reports hold that, they were attacked in a bar after the owner was issued a warning with concerns to the sales of alcohol. The 5 persons are said to have been killed at about 9:30 pm and within close range. Inhabitants in the area say a series of gunshot were heard, only to find people dead in the morning. “Some say separatists’ fighters were in the locality and there was a set up to kill the separatists’ fighters” Mimimefo Info reports. Locals point accusing fingers to the military forces “When they came to rescue the fighter that was shot, the gunshots increased and the separatists’ fighters ran way. They say the military then shot dead the people that were in the bar” Mimimefo reports further.
This comes days after soldiers stormed Badun a village in the Nguti subdivision in Manyu division in the Southwest Region. After raiding the area in search of separatists’ fighters, four civilians were reportedly killed. Scores of persons were reportedly arrested and taken to Buea Road police station in Kumba. The detainees are said to have been denied right to see any of their loved ones who rushed to the police station “The detainees are said to have wounds on their bodies resulting to torture by the security forces” a relative lament.
The military however, denied claims of committing such act on the civilian population. It is worth noting that, this is not the first-time civilians have been arrested unjustly and refused the rights to see any of their family members. The countless number of arbitrary arrests on people of the Northwest and Southwest regions has left many in fear. The violence meted on the population keeps increasing with nobody doing anything about it. Several calls made for cease fire have not been heeded by both parties.
In the funeral ceremony of the Late Cardinal Tumi, His Lordship Abraham Kome , president of the national Episcopal Conference called on all Cameroonians and government to uphold the legacy of the clergy man. He termed the fighting “a useless war” and called for an end to it. Arch Bishop Samuel Kleda on his part accuses every Cameroonian and says in one way or the other, they all have a hand in the fueling of the crisis.