“The Nigerian Army has been notified of a statement insinuating that Nigerian villages were attacked by Cameroonian separatists on May 29, 2022,” the statement read in part.
“Contrary to the misinformation, our troops deployed at Danare received information on Sunday morning about the said attack. The troops immediately mobilised to the Bashu community, which was allegedly under attack.
“Upon their arrival, it was revealed that Bashu was not under attack and no external incursion was recorded; rather the separatists attacked Obonyi 2 and Njasha, both of which are communities located in the Republic of Cameroon.
“Four victims of the attack, who crossed over into the Nigerian territory were later rescued by troops and operatives of Nigerian Immigration Services. The attack was, therefore, not within the Nigerian territory as claimed.”
Cameroon troops have freed a kidnapped senator from President Paul Biya’s ruling party and several other hostages, in a raid in a breakaway region that also killed a dozen “terrorists,” the army said Tuesday.
Senator Elizabeth Regine Mundi was kidnapped with her driver on April 30 in Bamenda in the Northwest Region, where anglophone separatists have mounted an armed campaign to separate from the majority French-speaking country.
Two wings of the self-described Ambazonian Defence Forces (ADF) had claimed responsibility for the abduction, a senior local official said.
In an army raid on a “terrorist refuge” in Ashong late on Monday “several hostages were freed, including the senator,” army spokesman Cyrille Atonfack Guemo said in a statement.
He did not provide the exact number of people liberated.
“A dozen terrorists were neutralised, several others wounded and fled. Three were captured,” he said.
Mundi, who hails from the Northwest Region, is a member of the politburo of Biya’s Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC).
In 2017, separatists seeking self-rule in the Northwest and neighbouring Southwest Region declared an entity called the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
Clashes between militants and security forces have claimed more than 6,000 lives and displaced around a million people, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).
The separatists have frequently carried out kidnappings, usually of civil servants, and some have been killed. Church leaders and politicians have also been aducted but mostly are later freed.
The country has been ruled with an iron fist for nearly 40 years by 89-year-old Biya, who refused demands for federalism and has cracked down on the rebellion.
Civilians have suffered abuses committed by both sides, according to international NGOs and the United Nations.
The presence of the anglophone regions derives from the colonial era.
The former German possession of Cameroon was partitioned after World War I between Britain and France.
In 1961, part of the British territory, the Southern Cameroons, joined Cameroon after it gained independence from France, becoming the Northwest and Southwest regions.
Anglophones have long chafed about perceived inequality, especially in education and law.
A senator from President Paul Biya’s ruling party has been kidnapped along with her driver in Cameroon’s troubled anglophone northwest, military and administrative sources said Monday.
“Elizabeth Regina Mundi was kidnapped late Saturday morning by terrorists in Bamenda,” capital of the northwest, a senior official with the region’s governor told AFP.
He said two wings of the separatist Ambazonian Defence Forces (ADF) had claimed responsibility for the abduction. Ambazonia is the republic the rebels would like to proclaim after independence.
One called for the release of some of its detainees, the other sought a ransom, he added, asking to remain anonymous.
“The senator was going from Bamenda to her village for a funeral, the separatists kidnapped her and her driver on the road” said a regional army official, confirming both demands.
A video on social media, dated Saturday and verified by the senior regional official, shows Regina Mundi clearly forced to read a statement in English calling for the independence of the Ambazonia republic.
She is from the northwest and is a member of the politburo of Biya’s Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC).
The “Ambazonians” carry out frequent kidnappings, usually of civil servants, and some are killed. Church leaders and politicians have also been aducted, but mostly later freed.
In January, the bullet-riddled body of opposition senator and lawyer Henry Kemende was found in Bamenda.
The authorities accused the separatists of his murder but no one claimed responsibility.
Cameroon’s northwest and southwest are populated mainly by the anglophone minority in the predominantly French-speaking country.
The country has been ruled with an iron fist for nearly 40 years by 89-year-old Biya, who has cracked down on the rebellion.
In the past five years, after the repression of peaceful demonstrations accusing Yaounde of ostracising English speakers, armed separatists, and the military have clashed repeatedly.
Civilians have suffered abuses committed by both sides, according to international NGOs and the UN.
The conflict has killed more than 6,000 people and displaced around a million, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank.
Human Rights Watch on Saturday asked Cameroon to protect prisoners from a cholera outbreak, saying at least six inmates had died in the country’s second-largest jail since March.
According to Cameroon’s health minister, 105 people have died in the outbreak since October.
The disease has been identified in six of the country’s 10 regions, including the troubled South-West, where the health system has been severely affected by the violent crisis between government forces and armed separatist groups.
“At least six inmates in Cameroon’s second largest jail, the New Bell prison in Douala, have died since March,” the New York-based group said in a statement, referring to the West African country’s economic hub.
“The latest victim, 30-year-old political prisoner Rodrigue Ndagueho Koufet, died on April 7,” it said.
HRW warned “the death toll could rise substantially in the overcrowded facility which currently houses about 4,700 prisoners, four times its capacity — most of whom are in pretrial detention, in violation of international norms”.
Cholera is an acute form of diarrhoea that is treatable with antibiotics and hydration but can kill within hours if left untreated.
It is caused by a germ that is typically transmitted by poor sanitation. People become infected when they swallow food or water carrying the bug.
“We are 50 squeezed in a 9 square meters cell. There’s no drinking water, and the hygienic conditions are deplorable,” a man held in the same cell as Koufet told Human Rights Watch.
Outbreaks occur periodically in the nation of more than 25 million inhabitants. The last epidemic was between January and August 2020, when 66 people died.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in early 2021 there were between 1.3 million and four million cases of cholera per year around the world, leading to between 21,000 and 143,000 deaths.
“This cholera outbreak shows how quickly abysmal prison conditions become life-threatening,” HRW said.
“Cameroon has an obligation under international law to ensure all detainees are held in humane and dignified conditions and to guarantee their right to health.”
It also should not be holding people in pretrial detention except in exceptional circumstances.
The Police have intercepted a truck carrying illicit drugs worth 30 million naira coming from Cameroon to Mubi in northern Adamawa State, a border town in Nigeria.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, DSP Suleiman Ngurore made this known while parading the suspects and the seized drugs.
Speaking to Journalists at the Command, the spokesman commended members of the public for keying into its initiative by providing useful information to the police resulting in this interception.
According to him, the Command is working on identifying those behind the smuggled drugs and their collaborators with a view to apprehending and handing them over to the officials of the NDLEA alongside the seized items.
He, therefore, appealed to the public to continue supporting the police with useful information.
“This is because the police cannot achieve much without synergy with members of the public thereby successfully checkmating crimes and criminality in the society”, he added.
Outbreaks of cholera, an acute form of diarrhoea that is treatable with antibiotics and hydration, occur periodically in Cameroon. The country’s last epidemic was between January and August 2020, when 66 people died.
Cholera is caused by a germ that is typically transmitted by poor sanitation. People become infected when they swallow food or water carrying the bug.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates an annual global tally of between 1.3 and four million cases, leading to between 21,000 and 143,000 deaths.
Nigeria reached the final round of the qualification series for this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup after the Falconets defeated their Cameroonian counterparts 3-0 at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday.
The encounter was the first international match at Nigeria’s premium sporting arena since the Falcons defeated their Senegalese counterparts 2-0 in a Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in April 2016.
A brace by left–sided midfielder Esther Onyenezide and one by Precious Vincent sent the Young Lionesses back to Yaounde empty-handed.
Onyenezide struck after 22 minutes, before Vincent increased the worries of the visitors eight minutes from the interval. Onyenezide struck again in the 73rd minute to put the match beyond the Lionesses.
The Falconets will now battle with Senegal who defeated Morocco 5-3 on penalties, in a two-legged affair next month for a slot at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica in August.