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Cameroon – Anglophone crisis: Authorities opt for vigilante committees to deal with abuses

Written by Deckson N.

In the face of attacks in schools and other looting, the authorities are thinking of setting up popular defense committees.

La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) released on March 22, 2017, reveals that the already tense climate in the Northwest region has taken on a new dimension since Prime Minister Philemon Yang‘s tour in English-speaking areas. The seven divisions of the region are concerned, it is learned.

Increasing insecurity, threats to parents in schools by unknown people, burning teachers’ vehicles, fire in colleges, shopkeepers who have already opened their doors are insulted, 3 high schools, CENAJES of Bamenda, a house made of temporary materials at the regional hospital of Bamenda, serving as a study for the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bamenda, and property belonging to individuals destroyed, LNE lists.

According to some parents of the pupils, whom the newspaper met,

“these are actions taken by a group of individuals whose identities remain unknown. We do not know what to expect or who to attack. These are new methods to intimidate those parents and students who go to class and who no longer wish to stay at home. We are afraid, because we do not know who is behind this other form of terror. They look like settlements, “they say.

To put an end to this situation, a meeting was held in the services of Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique, in the presence of traditional and religious authorities.

All have opted for vigilante committees to fight the specter that worries the anglophone regions. During the meeting, the traditional leaders of the Mezam as well as the mayors resolved to create to secure the property and public buildings, vigilante committees, “the newspaper said.

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