Thousands Defile Lockdown with Sports Walk Across Bamenda

thousands took part in the sports walk

They started early in the morning, about 7:30 am at the Ford Up station, brazing the chilly cold morning to stage a walk across some major streets of Bamenda and back to challenge the lockdown. They carried placards bearing calls like including-“no to lock downs and ghost towns”, “stop sacrificing the future of our children”, “we are tired of this useless fight” “the Northwest region says we can’t continue to suffer in poverty and misery” amongst others.

Accompanied by security men and women and a loud music from an onboard musical set, they walked down the station hill, Finance Junction through New layout, Veterinary Juction, Ayaba Street through T-Junction and the Commercial Vanue to the Grand stand. The group joined by some CPDM elites at the level of Ayaba Hotel performed some stretching and dancing at the ground stand before taking the return walk back to station through same path.

At the Bamenda Grand stand they met with the governor of the region and the SDO for Mezam. Governor Lele Lafrique praised their courage to come out and combat fear, terrorism, hatred and ghost towns in our community. He hoped the sport walk will open a new page in the NW region. He warned all those who will want to disturb the peace of the region in any way that the government and the security forces will deal with them decisively. He appealed on all to come out and vote for their local leaders and parliamentarians on Sunday and for the youths to come out en masse to participate on the 11 of February. He assured all of their security and full protection of the forces of law and order.

descending the station hill
At the grand Stand-Commercial Avenue
they carried several messages calling for an end to the crisis
The defiled the lock down which had closed most of town

The sports walk attracted several onlookers who watched from the comfort of their homes and balconies. The streets of Bamenda were generally emptied of people but more and more could be seen venturing out as they walked across town.

Accompanying them were the S.G at the governor’s office Viang Mekala, the Brigadier Generals Nka Valere and Ekongwese Divine Nnoko, commanders of the 5th Joint Military Region and the 5th Gendarmerie Region,  the D.O Bamenda II.

By Abongwa Fozo

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