By Beltha Mokube
The Government of Cameroon, a Central African country has deployed soldiers to Njikanté, a quarter in Bangourain in Cameroon’s West Region that shares boundaries by water with Bangolan, in the North West of the country, locals have told National Telegraph.
Another contingent of soldiers has been reportedly deployed to another Bangourain quarter of Nkouchoupa that shares boundaries by land with same Bangolan. Cameroon’s Defense Ministry has ordered temporary bases be established in those localities, a source told National Telegraph.
Late December 2018, a group of unidentified gunmen stormed Bangourain, setting many houses ablaze and killing one. In response, Bangourain indigenes made up of French-speaking Cameroonians attacked some English-speakers whom they described as strangers, accusing them of carrying out the arson.
Cameroon’s English-speaking Regions of the North West and South West have been engulfed in an armed conflict with demands for the Restoration of the statehood of the former British Southern Cameroons. On the heels of defending the country’s position to uphold a one and indivisible Cameroon, soldiers embarked on a campaign of burning down villages, National Telegraph learned.
The population of Bangourain accused English-speakers living in their town following a video that emerged the night of the incident in which the attackers claimed they were retaliating the burning down of their houses and the jailing of their brothers by what they called French Cameroon army of occupation.
The Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, an outlawed government piloting the armed conflict from overseas immediately issued a statement, blaming the attack and video on the Biya Regime, saying it’s a smokescreen to put the populations at each other’s throats in order to enable her
During the Bangourain attack, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji and the Governor of the West Region, Awa Fonka Augustine both visited the victims with relief materials. English-speaking Cameroonians were quick to condemn it, accusing the Government of being callous by burning down their villages and instead offering relief materials to victims of what they described as a staged arson.
The Government has now deployed soldiers in strategic locations in Bangourain that share boundaries with villages and towns of the North West Region where it’s thought the attackers crossed over from. Cameroon’s security has been overwrought over the months with a recent attack of a passenger train belonging to the country’s national train service, CAMRAIL, Thursday, January 25, 2019, in the town of Belabo in Belabo Sub-division, Lom and Djerem Division, in the country’s East Region where several passengers were wounded.