According to sources in the Eastern regional delegation of mines, at least 70% of the local mine production escape the control meant for Asian destinations.
It all started on the basis of suspicion. Indeed, Asian miners fraudulently evacuate undeclared productions. gas bottles go and come between Bertoua and mining sites in the East. A situation that is quick to worry about the security and defense of the Regional forces installed at the checkpoint. A security source who requested anonymity says that “these miners give pretext that they use gas for cooking in shanties. Yet our elements on the ground had noticed that most of the domestic gas bottles towards Bertoua were welded under. These bottles supposed to be empty were heavier than others. ”
According to Le Messager newspaper of Monday, July 11, 2016, it is at the confiscation of these bottles that the deception was discovered. “Huge amounts of gold hidden in plastic bags,” it says. At the regional delegation of mines, “that’s at least 70% of the local mine production escape the control meant for Asian destinations”
Indeed, gold extractive companies and diamonds in the Eastern Region are predominantly Chinese. Also, says the daily, the Chinese are working in collusion with local residents who consent to the gold plunder on Cameroonian soil. Unfortunately, not a single word about the instigators of this horrible economic crime. “Lest harm the good relations between the countries of origin of these bandits and Cameroon,” says the newspaper.
An accusing finger goes to system failures of the equipment set up to scrutinize the quantities produced by the miners. However, besides the traffic of gold, there are also diamonds from the Boumba-&-Ngoko operating sites.