14, March 2017
Some 10 shops at the Bamenda Food market in Southern Cameroons have been reduced to ashes following a fire incident which occurred early Tuesday March 14, 2017. Cameroun Info.Net reported that bags of rice, ‘garri’, sugar, soap and other goods vanished in the flames whose origin is yet to be determined by security agents.
Locals around the Food Market say they saw an unusual light in the market early Tuesday by 2am and suspected it was a fire. Upon their arrival, the inferno had already gone wild. Buckets of sand and other items used to stop the flames proofed futile. Fire fighters from the Rapid Intervention Battalion Unit only succeeded to put off the flames by 6am.
Traders are suspecting that it was an action by some disgruntled Southern Cameroons activists who had circulated tracks warning the occupants of the Food Market not to continue to trade on ghost town days. The Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam, Songo Pierre and the North West regional Police boss were present early Tuesday to take stock of what happened. Investigations have been opened.