Northwest Under Tight Curfew

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Bamenda City

A night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am has been declared over the entre Northwest Region from today, February 10th to Saturday February 17, 2018 renewable. The curfew declared by Northwest Governor Lele Lafrique Cheffo Deben Adolphe follows to days of heighten tension in Bamenda after the killing of a soldier by unidentified individuals on Thursday February 8, at the commercial Avenue and the fatal shooting of a commercial bike rider and his passenger by a gendarmerie patrol team n the wee hours of the same day.

The order restricts all forms of movement of goods and persons across the entire region as from 8 pm to 6 am for a period of one week renewable.  It prohibits the movements of vehicles and persons and calls on transport agencies to leave town before 8 pm and all arrival possible only after 6 am.

The curfew comes following a direct order from the minister of Defense, Beti  Assomo, instructing the two regional governors of the Northwest and Southwest to double military patrols and surveillance in their respective regions and most especially towards the border with Nigeria. The minister’s order stated military intelligence has revealed that secessionists have solicited the help of mercenaries from the Niger Delta group to launch simultaneous attacks in both regions.

The order is expected to have profound effect on businesses which are already suffocating under the weight of the ongoing Anglophone crisis.

Its feared many residents of the region and travelers passing through the Northwest may be caught up unexpectedly as the order was only signed and made public this afternoon, a non-working day for government offices. Many city dwellers are still going on with their regular activities this evening with many expressing surprise at the news of an early nighttime curfew. Many think that it would only provide an opportunity for security forces to extort from the local population through arrest abd demands for bail bond.

 

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