Gendarmes Shoot Two Unarmed  Civilians In Bamenda

the bike stained with blood

Two persons have been shot early this morning at the Sonac Street by the gendarmes on patrol. The two were on a bike heading to Nkwen when they were shot from behind by a unit of the gendarmes stationed just around the Metayen Coorperative Credit Union House. The bike rider was been rushed to the Bamenda Regional Hospital, while the second was taken to Mbingo.

According to the bike rider who managed to control his bike into Ntamulung Wakiki with another passenger  before dropping on the road side to call for help, he was transporting the two passengers, a lady and a man from Vatican Bus Agency to Nkwen. The woman, who was between the bike rider and the second passenger escaped un hurt. He felled from the bike a short distance away from the Old Treasury -Sonac Street as the wounded bike rider attempted to negotiate his way into Ntamulung.

Listen to an eye witness account below

The bike rider bleeding profusely from two gunshot wounds on the hand and the right leg was assisted by some residents of Wakiki who tried to convey him to the hospital but were stopped at the Sonac Street by the Gendarmes. They bike rider was abandoned as they gendarmes threatened those who are assisting him. It took some time before they population came back to his aid and took him to the hospital. The incident took place between 5:10 am when the shots were fired  and 5:30 when the gendarmes stopped the wounded from been rushed to the hospital.

The shooting happened early this morning

The security forces have adopted a shot before asking approach to bike riders at night. The streets of Bamenda are virtually deserted every night as from 8 pm, with stary dogs and other domestic animals avoiding the major streets. Bamenda is currently under an undeclared curfew.

On February 1, 2018, Northwest Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique signed an order banning the sale of guns and ammunition for a period of six months and for all with guns to take them to the nearest administrative unit upon a receipt.

By Pedmua Shatu T.

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