The Divisional Officer of Mbanga, Tamboh Christian has blamed inhabitants over the killing of a gendarme officer in Matuke, Mbanga subdivision of the Moungo division, Littoral Region of Cameroon.
This was during a field visit to the locality where he decried the fact that the inhabitants have refused to denounce security threats in their area.
On June 10, a gendarme officer identified as Simbe Herman was reportedly ambushed by Ambazonian fighters while on his way to Pendamboko, a locality bordering with the Crisis-hit South West region.
Adressing the population, he reiterated that only the residents could be held responsible for the such acts.
“We don’t need to blame the vigilante group, but all of you here. It is a very serious case. Those guys couldn’t have come in this village without the bike riders noticing them, since they must have surely carried them” said Temboh Christian.
He continued that “they slept in the bush throughout the night and none of you did notice, not even the farmers.”
As if not enough, the civil administrator went on to indict the chiefs, whom he said are more familiar with the people and ought to put in effort in avoiding such scenarios.
“I have told you that an officer doesn’t know who is a native and who is a stranger, so you the Chiefs are supposed to help,” the DO said.
It should be recalled that this is not the first time that administrative authorities have attributed blame to locals over attacks by separatists.
Recently, the population of Njipaton in the Noun Division of the West region, was attributed blame after Ambazonian fighters attack a gendarmerie post in the area killing five forces including the head of the post.
By Amina Hilda
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