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Cameroon: Police Opens Investigation Over Elig Edzoa Market Fire Incident.

By Eric Tataw – Tuesday March 5, 2019.

Cameroon: Police Opens Investigation Over Elig Edzoa Market Fire Incident.

Traders at the Elig Edzoa Market picking the remnants of their burnt down shops.

Investigations have been opened in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé to determine the cause of a fire that ravaged over two hundred (200) shops at the Elig Edzoa Market, Yaoundé II Sub-division, city police have said.

Eyewitnesses told National Telegraph the inferno began at 3 AM Monday, March 4, 2019, when traders were asleep, and spread faster before the late arrival of the firefighters.

Inhabitants and some victims say the difficulties in accessing the market, made it most difficult for elements of the National Fire Fighting Unit to put out the fire.

The textile section of the market is reportedly amongst the hardest hit a trader in the market has told National Telegraph.

The inferno comes a few weeks after over one hundred and sixty 160 shops were burnt down in Douala. On Sunday, February 24, 2019, a ravaging fire consumed almost entirely, Marche Congo, the second largest market in the city of Douala located at Douala II Sub-division in Wouri Division, Littoral Region.

Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration was in Douala, Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the behest of Paul Biya, Cameroon’s President handed over cash to some victims of a fire incident.

Atanga Nji flanged by the Governor of Littoral, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua and the Senior Divisional Officer for Wouri, Mache N. Joseph Bertrand at the Conference Room of the Douala City Council in Douala I Sub-division, personally distributed cash worth over thirty-two million francs (32.000,000F CFA) to victims of the Douala fire incident.

However, the government is yet to make any statements regarding compensation to victims of the Elig Edzoa Market Fire Incident who have blamed it on government. They say added to the fact that elements of the National Fire Fighting Unit arrived late, difficulties in accessing the market made it most difficult to put out the fire.

News of government compensating traders in the French part of Cameroon has been poorly received by many traders in the two English-speaking regions of the country who have suffered colossal losses resulting from numerous fire incidents. At least, thirty buoyant markets have been burnt down in these regions, mostly by Cameroon soldiers, yet the Government has never bothered about providing relief to victims.

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