Some Wututu locals stage protests against military departure from their locality
A number of persons today Sunday, June 12, 2022, thronged the streets of Wututu, Limbe in the South West Region to prevent the departure of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) from their locality.
According to reports, the military had terminated their mission in the area and were set to leave for “Man O War Bay”.
In a video, the locals were spotted lying in front of military vehicles, some hanging on the tires, while others could be spotted mounting blocks by the roadside.
According to these locals, the departure of the military will likely increase their vulnerability to Ambazonian attacks. This is, according to them because there has been some degree of calmness since the arrival of the military in the locality.
The situation, however, remains ironic considering the fact that MMI, has on several occasions covered incidents where the military has ill-treated residents of the same locality.
Meanwhile, many have perceived the protest as a staged act by the government and its supporters.
It should be noted that the opinion of these locals does not in any way represent the general opinion of those in the Division as a whole.
Many locals who spoke to MMI indicated that the military and Ambazonian fighters were just two-sides of the same coin and that they will prefer peace to the presence of any armed group.
It should be recalled that in many instances, the forces of law and order have been implicated in acts of violence against residents of the Anglophone regions. They account for multiple rights violations including the notorious Ngarbuh massacre and the torture of a young man in Ndu just before last year’s May 20 national day celebration.
To date, none of them has been brought to justice for the said acts.
By Amina Hilda.
By Amina Hilda
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