National And International News Roundup – 21st July 2020

Arrested journalist, Ojong Joseph will be spending a third night in detention. Arrested in Mamfe on Sunday, the Manyu Community Radio and The Advocate Newspaper reporter is accused of taking pictures of the house of a police officer, burnt down by separatist fighters on Friday. Sources however confirm the house was set ablaze early Friday while Ojong was in Limbe.

One person has been declared dead as a result of the coronavirus in Nkambe district hospital, Donga Mantung Division. The man from Binka village diagnosed COVID-19 positive a few days ago became critically sick before passing away. In the meantime, a COVID-19 case has been discovered in Ako. This means each Sub Division in Donga Mantung now has at least a COVID-19 case.

Following a five-day operation in Awing and Pinyin in Santa Sub Division, Cameroonian soldiers say they have neutralised 15 separatist fighters destroying their camps. According to the 5th military legion commander, General Nka Valère, the operation comes after repeated attacks on persons and their properties in the concerned localities. He believes the move will secure the area and ease the construction of the main road linking the North West Region and the rest of the country, through Bamenda and Babadjou.

Officials of the national Gendarmerie in Fako Division of the South West Region say they need the collaboration of the population to put an end to growing insecurity within the Division. The company commander, Heffat Michel Joel made the call in Limbe while presenting a consignment of contraband intercepted by the gendarmerie elements of Fako.

The syndicate of traders of the Douala Central market has called on the Mayor of the city of Douala to halt what it qualilifies as the “anarchical construction” of stores in the market.
In a message adressed to Mayor Roger Mbassa Dine, the traders say the ongoing construction project has provoked unbearable congestion, making circulation hard, and business difficult.

Some parents in the Moungo Division of the Littoral Region of Cameroon say there is preferential treatment against candidates going in for Anglo-Saxon examinations by educational stakeholders in the area. During a demonstration in Nlohe, the parents said it became unbearable this morning when candidates for the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) were abandoned by school officials who had to take them 6 km away to Manjo for the examination.

Most councils in the South West Region have been shut down by the separatist fighters and attacks on municipal authorities are steadily increasing. At their elective general assembly, the newly elected South West regional President of the United councils and cities of Cameroon, Aboko Patrick Anki called on the Mayors of the region to be each others keeper at a time that the government is accepting that decentralisation was not effective, and is making strives in that direction.

Military/separatist activities are a major hindrance to quality health care in the Shishong hospital in the North West Region of Cameroon. Health workers say military men sometimes storm the hospital threatening to pull out suspected separatist fighters receiving treatment.

Pupils in the North West Region joined their peers nationwide Tuesday July 21st 2020 to determine their future by sitting in for the First School Leaving Certificate examination, amidst tensed gun battles.
Parents in Bamenda say they braved frigthening gunshots in different neighbourhoods to get their kids to examination centers.

Material damages have been recorded as a boat was damaged at the shore of Idenau, South West Region of Cameroon. The boat that arrived from Calabar- Nigeria yesterday was destroyed by strong waves. Business men and victims of the incident say they have recorded enormous losses.

The Minister of Public Health has visited several hospitals in Yaounde today. Dr. Manaounda Malachie appreciated the treatment of COVID-19 cases, calling on workers of basic and secondary education to maximise efforts for a COVID-19 free examination session in Cameroon.

Cameroonian students in the kingdom of Morocco have led siege at the entrance of the Country’s embassy in Rabat. The students say the government has abandoned them in Morocco revealing that their expenses have not been handled by the government leading to most of them being evicted from their residences. The government is yet to make an official reaction on the issue.

Civil and human rights advocate, Barrister Agbor Balla has criticised the Major National Dialogue of which he was a main stakeholder as being a failure as the aspirations of the populations of the Northwest and the Southwest are yet to be met as agreed during the dialogue. The sufferings in the affected regions have continued despite the dialogue being held almost a year ago to calm down tensions.

Friday July 31, 2020 is to be a major public holiday nationwide. According to a brief read over the national station CRTV, the national commission of the Lunar Crescent has announced that the feast of Tabaski will be celebrated on July 31, 2020 in Cameroon.

There has been a major embezzlement scandal at the Government Bilibgual High School Bertoua as the PTA president of the said institution has been accused of doing away with over 18 million FCFA. The Minister of Secondary Education Dr. Nalova Lyonga has summoned the PTA president at the Ministry of Secondary Education. She  has ordered for the reimbursement of the stolen funds.

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A clandestine abortion cartel has been uncovered in Yaounde with over 300 foetus already killed. The group of young medical students have made this illegal activity a main source of income, sources say. Their main targets have been young girls within the age group of 15-20. They confessed to be working with accomplices in major big hospitals in Yaounde. They are presently under detention with serious investigations on-going.

The former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who recently led a diplomatic delegation to Mali, has said that the West African regional group Ecowas will not support the removal of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Opposition groups have been calling for President Keïta to stand down over his handling of Mali’s long-running violence by armed militant groups, an economic crisis and the disputed elections.

Parliamentarians in Nigeria have called for the military bosses to resign following persistent killings by armed gangs and Islamist militants in the north of the country. A resolution adopted by Nigeria’s senate has called for the chief of defence staff, as well as air force, army and naval chiefs to resign. Responding to the resolution, President Muhammadu Buhari insisted that the appointment of military chiefs is a presidential prerogative and added that, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, he will do what is in the best interest of the country.

Reports have just come in from a remote region in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo‘s South Kivu province where a militia group raided the village of Kipupu last Thursday. According to the spokesperson of the Congolese army that reached the scene after the raid, attackers killed villagers and burned down their houses, forcing many to seek refuge in neighbouring villages. Although no official toll has been released yet, local MPs fear more than 200 people may have been killed.

Police have freed 15 children from an Islamic school in central Nigeria where they were kept in chains and tortured, police are quoted as saying to the AFP news agency. AFP adds that the children were aged between two and 10 and were discovered on Sunday in the town of Suleja in Niger state. They were found in a “dehumanising condition” with signs of torture, regional police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun is quoted as saying.

There are mounting fears of a renewed escalation in military confrontations in Libya, after Egypt made moves indicating it may potentially be ready to intervene with ground troops there for the first time. Late on Monday, Egyptian lawmakers approved the deployment of its troops abroad, though they did not name Libya. The lawmakers’ approval comes after a warning by Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi that Egypt would not remain idle if there is a threat to its national security or to neighbouring Libya.

Seven Chinese nationals and two Malawians have been jailed for seven years for illegal possession of ivory, rhino horns and pangolin scales. The nine were part of a group of 14 people who were detained last year after arrests during police raids. They are part of wildlife trafficking gangs according to local media. One alleged leader of a trafficking gang who was arrested last year is expected to appear in court on Wednesday for charges of possession of rhino horn, conspiracy and money-laundering.

A Kenyan senator who owned up and apologised for violating a nighttime curfew has been fined 15,000 Kenyan shillings ($139, £109) or face three months in jail. The curfew was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Senator Johnson Sakaja was arrested on Saturday after he was found drinking at a pub past 21:00 local time – when the curfew starts.

Foreign news: BBC

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