5, June 2017
Two years after the revolt staged by a regiment of the Cameroonian army who served with the UN in the Central African Republic over unpaid bonuses, Cameroon Concord News has gathered that a regiment of the Rapid Intervention Battalion combating the Nigerian Islamic sect, Boko Haram in the Far North region started a massive anti government demonstration on Saturday 03 June 2017.
Our source in Maroua hinted that the soldiers blocked the Kousséri-Maroua road and were heard complaining about their conditions and firing shots in the air. Many people had to escape the scene. We have not been able to confirm the number of soldiers who participated in the revolt. However what we do know is that the troops barricaded the road for a little while but were brought back to the barracks by the high command.
The situation is reportedly calm and a statement is expected soon from Colonel Didier Badjeck, the Head of the Communication Division of the Ministry of Defense. The incident prompted Joseph Beti Assomo, the Minister of Defense who was out of the country to return on Sunday, June 04, 2017.
By Rita Akana
Cameroon Concord News