National And International News Roundup – 7th July 2020

There has been a massive search of houses at Efoulan and Mokolo neighbourhoods in Yaounde. Security men have engaged in the measure to reduce the level of insecurity identifying and arresting criminals. This follows recent bomb explosions in the town.

After government denied starting negotiations with secessionists towards peace in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon, Dr. Ako John Ako says holding talks with people in detention is illegal. To him, government should accept a Cardinal Tumi – led All Anglophone Conference for free Anglophones to decide on the state of the union.

On instructions of the Governor of the Littoral Region, the SDO of Moungo Division has forced open a seal notice pasted at the entrance to the quarry in Njombe/Penja by the council. The administrator explains that mining is placed directly under the ministry of mines and not the council.

The Mayor of Njombe /Penja council in the Littoral Region says government should not make a mockery of the highly trumpeted decentralisation process. Paul Eric Kingue in a message on Facebook says a quarry company in his council area that makes over 10 million francs cfa a day pays only 1.3 million at the end of the month to the council. To the local authority, this violates the law on decentralisation.

About 5 people were kidnapped this morning in Muyuka, South West Region by an armed group. According to sources, they were kidnapped as they travelled in a private car to Kumba- Meme Division and taken to an undisclosed location.

In the Far North Region, the police are investigating the death of a 50 year old man. The deceased was found at the banks of Mayo river in the Kongore district of Maroua. The circumstance of death remains unclear and his body is now under the custody of the law enforcement officers for proper investigation.

The 1st communication officer of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) has described the resignation of the secretary of Bamuso electoral district as a non event. Denis Nkemlemo says Balemba George Sona is free to resign just as many are free to join. SDF has equally denied allegations by its former militant that the party no longer represents the interest of the people.

Three fake workers of different councils in Douala have been arrested in Douala. The two women and a man with fake badges posing as council workers had been extorting morning from traders in various markets most especially in Douala III.

A young man tried to commit suicide after breaking up with his girlfriend in Buea. Having not digested the idea of separation with her, he drank a bleach to kill himself trying to strangle his girlfriend as well. The police intervened and arrested the young man who was taken to the hospital for proper medical care.

A family in Buea has been rendered homeless after a fire ravaged their home today. It is suspected that the wooden structure, part of which was used for a drinking spot caught fire after someone failed to properly dispose of a used cigarette.

Some 8 Non Governmental Organisations have reiterated calls for ease of access to populations affected by the crisis in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. In a statement today, the NGOs added that, “humanitarian staff and personnel must be protected in all circumstances in accordance with international humanitarian law”.

Four men were apprehended in Douala today with human bones trafficked from the North West Region. They revealed that the bones had been dug out from a graveyard in Bamenda and were meant to be sold for 14 million FCFA in Douala.

ENEO says it has resolved the initial cause of blackouts in Bamenda, and in the Manyu Division. The power company says the recent power outages that have led to load shedding in the affected areas is “as a result of unresolved transmission problems by Sonatrel”.

Nigeria’s Senate has passed a high-profile sexual harassment bill, focused on preventing the sexual harassment of students in university education. The proposed legislation follows a BBC investigation last year that uncovered alleged sexual misconduct by lecturers in Nigeria and Ghana.

A source close to the Nigerian president has said that the head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, Ibrahim Magu, has been suspended. He is now believed to be under investigation and was invited to face an investigative panel at the presidential villa in the country’s capital, Abuja, on Monday.

At least four doctors in Ghana have died during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the country’s medical association. Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has started 14 days of self-isolation. He had been exposed to an individual who has since tested positive for Covid-19.

The Ghanaian president’s office has refuted a newspaper report which claimed that President Nana Akufo-Addo had travelled to the UK to be treated for Covid-19. The report on 5 July by the Herald news website quoted unnamed sources as saying the president had tested positive for coronavirus and was being flown out of the country. The president’s spokesperson says the Ghanaian leader is isolating at the presidential palace in Accra as a precaution, and is not outside the country.

Police in Kenya have fired tear gas at people taking part in an annual protest march in the capital, Nairobi. Several activists were arrested. The rally marked the 30th anniversary of the Saba Saba protest, Swahili for “seventh day of the seventh month”, against the autocratic regime of the late President Daniel arap Moi.

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