By Eric Tataw – Saturday April 13, 2019.
An envoy of Adolphe Lele Lafrique, Governor of the North West Region of Cameroon has held a crucial meeting with commercial motor bike riders in Bamenda, National Telegraph has been told.
Chairing the meeting that took place, Saturday April 13, 2019 at Ntambesi, a precinct in Bamenda, precisely in Bamenda III Sub-Division, the Commander of the Gendarmerie Brigade in Nkwen, Kola Ngomna distributed security and identification materials to commercial motor bike riders circulating in Nkwen.
The bikers, reports say turned out in their numbers to denounce acts of atrocities committed in their various neighbourhoods and pledged to collaborate with the forces of law and order to fight insecurity, National Telegraph has confirmed.
However, most of the bikers who spoke to National Telegraph after the meeting said they were obliged to play along during the meeting for fear of being killed by elements of the Cameroonian military.
Others confided in National Telegraph that they’re fully aware that most, if not all the atrocities in their areas are caused by the military. They went on that they’re aware that soldiers have started disguising like elements of the Anglophone militias to cause harm to the local population in order to blame it on the militias and corrode their reputation.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by majority of Anglophones in 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 and the burning down of entire villages according to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo.