1 The Bishop of Kumbo, Msgr. George Nkuo, has temporarily closed down St Paul Parish, Kikaikom and taken away the Blessed Sacrament. The decision is motivated by the abduction and release of the Parish Priest. On Tuesday 6 August, 2019, Rev. Diuedonné Bomye was taken from his residence reportedly by Pro-Independent fighters and held in custody until Saturday August 10, 2019, on grounds that he was against “The Struggle”. The assistant Parish Priest was also kidnapped but released on the same day. Rev. Bomye is currently under medical attention from physical and psychological torture.
Source: Communication department, Kumbo Diocese.
2 The Cameroon-Nigeria border at Ekok has been temporarily closed since yesterday August 21, 2019, due to increasing insecurity threats in Bamenda after the life sentence of Ambazonian leaders by the Yaounde Military Tribunal.
The decision is allegedly encouraged by fear of arms smuggling into the North West and South West through this channel.
A source in Mamfe told Mimi Mefo Info that traders between Nigeria and Cameroon have since been stranded on both sides of the border.
3 The Interim government of the Ambazonian movement has announced a three-week lockdown in the restive North West and South West regions of Cameroon. The decision which goes into effect, Monday August 26, ends Monday September 16, 2019. The indoor policy is a protest move, after the Yaounde military court sentenced 10 Ambazonian leaders to life. It is also aimed at reinforcing school boycott in the troubled regions.
4 Several people living in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon however, who spoke to Mimi Mefo Info have been decrying a lockdown announced by some anglophone activists and fighters to show solidarity to leaders sentenced by the Yaounde military court and frustrate back to school. To these people, lock downs and ghost towns instead inflict pains on the people rather than the government. They are therefore launching a call for the leaders to reconsider the decision.
5 Some inhabitants of Kumba Meme Division in the South west region have been fleeing the locality for fear of an eminent lock down announced by some groups fighting for the restoration of ambazonia statehood. In messages circulating on the social media,a two weeks locked down has been announced to start from the 2nd to the 16th of September 2019. Most of those running away have as destinations towns and villages in the francophone area of Cameroon.
6 Activities opened in some parts of Bamenda North West Region of Cameroon timidly today after a tensed atmosphere yesterday. In other areas,there was shooting with some inhabitants forced to stay in their houses. Yesterday Wednesday remained tensed with one person killed .
7 In a second preparatory meeting ahead of school resumption in the South West region of Cameroon, the governor of the southwest has created committees that will ensure effective back to school. Bernard Okalia Bilai is optimistic that schools will open effectively in the entire region. Critics say Mr. Okalia Bilai’s optimism is not backed by concrete actions on the field to ensure peace and back to school.
8 How to fight high rate of insecurity in Cameroon pre occupies the goverment.The National Command Centre for Video Surveillance has been launched in Yaounde today. The centre prior to its official launching has planted two thousand surveillance Cameras in some parts of Cameroon while some seven thousand more will still be installed. PM Dion Ngute aware of frequent power failure in Cameroon stated that the surveillance cameras can function for 48 hours without electricity.
9 Officials of Central African Republic attempt carving out a portion of Cameroonian soil in the Adamawa region of Cameroon. To avoid that, the governor of the Adamawa region Kildadi Boukar has visited Bakari village at the borders with Central African Republic. Military men have been stationed there to ensure that an inch of the territory is not carve out.
10 Some one hundred and thirty three Nigerian refugees previously living in the far North region of Cameroon have voluntarily return to their home country Nigeria. This follows a tripartite agreement between Cameroon,Nigeria and the United Nations High Commission for Refugee.
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