NW Under A New Dawn to Dusk Curfew

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(Finance District) Bamenda city

The entire Northwest Region has been placed ounder a Dusk to Dawn Curfew. This is contained in a regional order signed by Governor  Adolphe Lele Lafrique today.

In the Regional Order N0 462/RO/E/GNWR/ SG/PAOD signed September 9, 2018  by the Governor all “movement of persons and property is…restricted from 6pm to 6am within the North West region till further notice.”

The curfew bans all movement of vehicles, persons and goods within the stipulated time including all night inter-city travel in and out of Bamenda. It also forbids all off licences, snack bars and night clubs  from opening.

“Any person who violates or attempts to violate this measure shall be strictly prosecuted by the law while administrative authorities as well as forces of law and order have been tasked with implementing the law” the order stated.

The only exception are administrative and security vehicles and those in possession of special passes and ambulances.

Many are wandering why the Governor extended  the already existing curfew time when the October 7 election is approaching, while schools are still to effectively reopen in the region. Some point to the recent attack in Akum on the night of Saturday September 8. Suspected secessionist held up several buses, dug a gorge on the road and immobilized several buses. Others say it could be preemptive actions by the governor ahead of October 1, the day pro-independent fighter consider as Independence Day.

With campaigning and voting up next for the presidential elections, some legal minds are seeing a possible clash of the regional order and Cameroon’s electoral law.

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