23, September 2018
Cameroon’s Defence Minister, Joseph Beti Assomo has reportedly issued a ministerial order requesting the Francophone dominated Secret Service and the army to place all Anglophone neighborhoods in Yaoundé under surveillance. The directive was detailed in a confidential memo bearing the signature of the French Cameroun politician.
Local media houses in Yaoundé have also reported that Minister Joseph Beti Assomo made the decision following intelligence that Southern Cameroons secessionists had taken up residence in some neighbourhoods in the nation’s capital.
Joseph Beti Assomo cited popular Anglophone residential areas such as Obili, Biyem-Assi and Etoug-Ebe in the ministerial order. Cameroon Concord News understands Yaounde is now struggling with an influx of Southern Cameroons civilians who are fleeing the war.
Ever since the crisis in Southern Cameroons started, the Biya regime has raided Anglophone settlements in Yaoundé several times and carried out massive arrests of many without identification papers. Many of those arrested have never been seen or heard again.
Minister Beti Assomo says the security alert and deployment of troops in Anglophone areas in Yaounde will run from October 1st to 7th, after the Presidential election.
By Rita Akana