The circulation of vehicles has resumed on the Buea/Kumba road in the South West Region of Cameroon. Military men succeeded to chase away armed men that blocked the road this morning as a means to enforce a compulsory lockdown. Passengers say military men confronted the armed separatists at Mbalangi village.
A boy identified as Salicha Charlin has been arrested and detained in a gendarmerie brigade at Douala 2 municipality. The boy was arrested in Douala today for impersonating a member of the rapid intervention battalion- BIR, by putting on their uniform. Defense forces identified him as fake when he failed to greet properly as an element of the BIR.
Cameroon Ministry of Transport has launched a process of removing all abandoned vehicles along the road in the Menoua Division and other parts of the West Region of Cameroon. Jean Ernest Ngalle Bebehe gave the instructions while visiting the Dschang hill accident scene that claimed the lives of 55 people and wounded over two dozen others.
Stand Up For Cameroon has decried the continous arbitrary detention of four of their members at Douala New Bell Prison. Arrested five months ago after attending a meeting at Cameroon People’s Party headquarters in Bali-Douala, Edith Kah Wallah; one of the leaders of Stand Up for Cameroon has met all administrative and security officials in the Littoral Region and the Minister of Territorial Administration, with no positive results.
Electricity Distribution company ENEO, has fired a total of 80 workers from the company for their involvement in shady deals. The workers were part of a group that was reportedly defrauding the company by collecting bills without accountability from more than 20,000 homes.
More than 3500 young Cameroonians have began the process of recruitment into the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR). The recruitment process is taking place at the camp of the presidential guards in Yaoundé.
87 ex-fighters are due to graduate from the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Centre in Buea. That has been announced by Beltha Ndoh; adviser at the PM’s office who visited the centre following last week’s protests. The ex-fighters were denouncing poor living conditions in the centre and the government’s unfulfilled promises.
The Prime Minister, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute today sent the sum of 4 million FCFA for the well-being of ex-separatist fighters in Buea, following their strike actions for the poor treatment they are receiving at the DDR Centre. 1 million FCFA from the total amount was to be handed to the Director of the Centre, while 3 million had to be distributed to the 70 ex-combatants in the centre.
Some Cameroonians are reluctant to get tickets and watch the classification match between Cameroon and Guinea this Saturday at the Bepanda Reunification Stadium in Douala. These football fans are holding the team responsible for the defeat last evening in Limbe when Morocco thrashed Cameroon four goals to zero.
AS Fortuna Player, Yannick Djeng has been expelled from the Intermediate Lions squad following his tense face-off with the assistant coach of the team, David Pagou. The player almost exchanged blows with the member of staff after he was substituted during the Morocco debacle. Few hours after the altercation, coach Ndtoungou Mpile asked Djeng to leave the group immediately.
FECAFOOT has given its reactions to the participation of Cameroon in the ongoing CHAN. FECAFOOT congratulated the Lions for reaching the quarter-finals and credited them on a remarkable journey, wishing them better luck next time.
Angolan police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters attempting to march to the presidential palace in the capital Luanda. Around 100 demonstrators were dispersed, with police pictured approaching some on horses. The protestors’ slogan was “45 years is too much” – a criticism of the ruling party, the MPLA, which has ruled since Angola gained independence from Portugal.
Hundreds of shops and stalls have been completely burnt in a fire overnight at a market in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. One person sleeping in the market was burnt to death in the incident at the Tippa Garage Market in the Gwarinpa district. Assorted goods including food, building materials and clothing were sold there. Many traders who gathered at the remains of the normally busy market told the BBC that they had lost everything.
Social networking site Facebook says it has removed the account of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), Nnamdi Kanu, for repeated violation of its rules on harm and hate speech. The account of the leader of the secessionist group was blocked after a live broadcast on Tuesday, in which he accused herders of destroying their farms. Mr Kanu had posted a video of people suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network – an armed militia group he set up in the south-east region, attacking and killing cattle in herders’ settlements.
Nigerian soldiers have reportedly killed dozens of Islamist Boko Haram militants in a major operation the north-east of the country. Troops stormed the jihadists’ strongholds in Kidari, Argude, Takwala, Chowalta and Galdekore, local media reports. The soldiers are said to have gained access into the notorious Timbuktu Triangle in the vast Sambisa Forest, located between Borno and Yobe States. Sources close to the Nigerian military say that the operation involved Nigerian troops and the multi-national joint task force.
Sixteen African countries have shown interest in securing Covid-19 vaccines under an African Union (AU) initiative and the aim is to deliver allocations in the next three weeks, Reuters news agency quotes the head of a continental disease control body as saying. However, John Nkengasong, director of the AU’s Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, did not give a specific date. The AU initially secured 270 million doses from manufacturers for member states, then late last month said it would receive another 400 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. African states that have started rolling out vaccines include Egypt, Guinea, Morocco and Seychelles.
Foreign news: BBC