By Eric Tataw – Thursday June 13, 2019.
Another innocent civilian has been shot and killed by elements of the Cameroon military, locals in Malende, a restive town in Cameroon’s South West Region where the incident took place have told National Telegraph.
Locals say the town was calm until the military invaded early Thursday June 13, 2019 and started shooting indiscriminately at houses. The military would later break into one of the houses where they pulled out its resident and murdered him in cold blood.
The victim, Tebong Moses, 40, was shot and abandoned right in front of his door, National Telegraph has confirmed. A source also confirmed he was pulled out of his house without his shirt.
According to continuous information, a yet-to-be-known number of civilians were arrested by the military and taken to unknown destinations while the entire town has emptied itself into the bushes.
Malende is a town closest to Muyuka where a 4-month-old baby was brutally murdered by the Cameroon military, Monday May 20, 2019.
This is the second known case of military brutality on the English-speaking people of the North West and South West regions in less than five hours.
An element of the Cameroon Police also shot and killed a Muslim boy early Thursday June 13, 2019, eyewitnesses have told National Telegraph.
Awal Tata was shot and killed at Old Town, a precinct in Bamenda, capital of Cameroon’s restive North West Region, residents have confirmed.
Eyewitnesses say Tata had a monetary issue with a lady who owns a small shop in his neighbourhood. The duo had argued the previous day about two thousand francs (2000 F CFA) approximately less than $5 that the boy owed the shop owner.
Reports say today morning, the lady discovered her shop had been vandalized and she immediately reported to the police, connecting the 2000 francs case, pointing fingers at the victim over the incident at her shop.
Residents of Old Town expressed shock at the brutality of the police. They told National Telegraph the police simply came to the victim full of life, without asking any question, pulled out his gun, pulled the trigger and ended the boy’s life.
Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions are engulfed in an armed conflict and elements of the armed forces and mobile police have taken advantage to target innocent civilians and loot goods and chattels of the civilian population, sources say.
Residents say it’s the duty of the police to keep peace and order. One would have expected the police to simply arrest the victim, ferry to his station for interrogation instead of ending his life prematurely.
There’s unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions since October 2016 that has turned into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.