By Eric Tataw – Saturday March 16, 2019.
Tibor Peter Nagy, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs has just been announced, Saturday March 16, 2019 in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital ahead of meetings with Cameroonian authorities, National Telegraph has been told.
However, contrary to a recent statement from Cameroon’s Minister of Communication, René Emmanuel Sadi stating that everything is under control, many more violent scenes are being recorded every minute across the two English-speaking regions of the country wrapped in an armed conflict.
At exactly 9:12 PM, Saturday March, 16, even before the diplomat could properly take his seat, deafening gunshots were heard in Bamenda, chief town of the country’s North West Region. This is a clear sign that the diplomat was right that there’s need for International Intervention.
Three policemen have been confirmed dead. Two were shot dead at GMI, a special police unit opposite the Bamenda Regional Hospital and another killed around the Catholic Church Alakuma, another precinct in Bamenda where the heaviest gunshots are said to have been heard this night, a source told National Telegraph.
Reports say it’s a full battle between Anglophone armed groups in the area and the Cameroonian military. Other sources say soldiers have been shooting indiscriminately at residential areas using armoured cars. At least seven unarmed civilians have been pulled out of their houses and shot to death by the Cameroonian military.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language, among other grievances but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by majority of the English-speaking populations of the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia. Gun battles have ensued and the government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violation, including targeted killings.
Nagy Tibor, had said Tuesday, March 12, 2019; “my heart breaks for Cameroon … I just don’t understand why this crisis goes on and on and on.”, he said while calling for “open, unlimited national dialogue.”, and suggesting “perhaps it’s time to take the deadly separatist crisis in Cameroon to an “international forum.”
In the letter dated Monday, March 11, 2019, Eliot Lance Engel, U.S. Representative for New York’s 16th congressional district and Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs of the One Hundred and Sixteenth Congress addressed to Tibor Nagy, a US diplomat Eliot L. Engel, called on the State Department to address troubling crackdowns on freedom of expression in Cameroon.
The United States just in February suspended its security assistance to Cameroon following credible allegations that the Cameroonian military carried out human rights violations in the two English-speaking regions. Nagy Tibor had made comments suggesting recommendations on the ongoing crisis but Cameroon’s Minister of Communication, René Emmanuel Sadi issued a bulletin warning the diplomat not to meddle into the country’s internal affairs.