Around thirty Cameroonian soldiers engaged in the fight against the Islamist insurgents of Boko Haram were arrested after demonstrating for the payment of their bonuses and their relief, announced Monday evening the Ministry of Defense.
These Cameroonian soldiers of the mixed multinational force, in charge of the fight against Boko Haram, “undertook (Sunday, June 4) to interrupt the traffic by means of barricades on the national road number 1 in the locality of Zigue (Far- North), “said the Ministry of Defense in a statement read on the state radio.
“Traffic has been restored,” said the ministry. According to the statement, the soldiers behind this sling were transferred to Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital and “a judicial inquiry” was opened against them.
International Soldiers Bonuses
The soldiers in question demanded “immediate relief“, as well as “the payment of their international soldiers’ bonuses … like those paid to their comrades in UN peacekeeping operations,” the statement said.
According to the Ministry of Defense, soldiers hired under the Mixed Multinational Force (MMF), a regional coalition against Boko Haram, do not receive bonuses similar to those of troops operating for UN missions.
10,000 military personnel
The MMF has 10,000 soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger.
Many Cameroonian military personnel mobilized during the war against Boko Haram often complain about their working conditions, but this is the first time that some of them openly display their dissatisfaction.