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Hundred arrested in security raid at Oldtown

Two soldiers stationed at a foot trail into Oldtown  from the Sonac street

Two soldiers stationed at a foot trail into Oldtown from the Sonac street

Saturday July 13, 2013 was a awful day for most residents of the Oldtown neighbourhood in Bamenda as a joint task force of the police, gendarme and army sealed off the neighbourhood rounding up suspects and searching homes.

The police remained tight lip as to the reasons behind the operation which resulted in the arrest of several people, mostly youths and the confiscation of electronic equipment like TV, DVD, smart phones, woofers and speakers.

Early in the morning truck load of soldiers, accompanied by elements of the police and gendarmes were dropped at various entrance into the neighbourhood, along the Sonac, Ayaba, Commercial Avenue, Water side and Old Town streets, completely cutting off all access into and out of the area.

 Residents were thoroughly searched by the army as they move out for work, while the police went in, to search some specific houses. Those leaving were asked to present their ID cards, or voter’s registration card. Failure to, they defaulters were asked to seat down while trucks passed by and collect them to drop at the Central Police Station and Judicial Police were they were held.

The raid was over by 8:30 am. Several family members rushed to the police to secure the release of their loved ones. Others were released free after intervention from various quarters while most were released after paying a bail of 5000 frs.

The Oldtown neighbourhood has been at the centre of several petit robberies, evening harassment, and the police believe it is a hide out to some notorious criminals despite its proximity to two police stations

Some city dwellers see the raid as a ploy to intimidate the population ahead of the upcoming twin elections in October.

“There would be more of such raids in other neighbourhoods in the coming days” a Ntamulung resident told a group of neighbours who watch as the drama unfold across the street a safe distance away on the Ntamulung side of Sonac street.

The press is still waiting for an official response from the administrative authorities of the region as police refuse to comment on the motives behind the raid.

 

By Abongwa Fozo

7 Responses to Hundred arrested in security raid at Oldtown

  1. Enaf carls burge July 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Old town is a very dangerous place and they deserve such things. Can you imagine that those boys will attack you and if you re not having money and phone; they will break your ID into four halves?

  2. Nfor Hassan Dama July 14, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    The problem Cameroon has now can be solved if those on top want to do so.Mr.Biya and his top officials have put these poor people in this bunch of mess.But note,all that goes around comes around.

  3. zeroman July 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

    These people ony want work their money. times 5000 by the number arrested and you go know how much dem go get for bail only. thief people dem all. God punish wuna all.

  4. Abakwaboy July 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Young kamer u don't need to hold down the entire town to sort out a few hodlums, where has investigations gone to. What would happen to all the gadgets confiscated from these poor and struggling cameroonians. The day of reckoning is around.

  5. Young Kamer July 14, 2013 at 10:22 am

    We need to get the bad guys out, you only need to enter Oldtown as from 7 pm as see what you would go through. Those arrested should be profiled and sent to prison.

  6. Camarbebs July 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I feel sorry for this poor cameroonians, strangers in their own country. Southern cameroon is coming back very soooonnnnnnnn?

  7. Abakwaboy July 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Dom day is coming, nomatter how hard you crackdown on a people, one day they would learn how to stand and fight. These are just measures to intimidate the opposition. The first sign was the reconfiguration of some parliamentary constituences. Time is fast approaching. 

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