By Eric Tataw, Thursday June 13, 2019.
An element of the Cameroon Police has 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’s shop was vandalized and she immediately went and reported the 2000 francs case to the police and also pointed fingers at the victim over the incident at her shop.
Residents of Old Town have 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.