No Nigerian Territory Under Attack By Cameroonian Separatists – Army

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The Nigerian Army has dismissed claims that some Nigerian villages were attacked by Ambazonia militants, a separatist group in Cameroon.

Although the military authorities confirmed that the militants stormed some communities on Sunday, it said the attack did not happen on Nigerian territory.

In a statement dated May 30, 2022, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, noted that four victims who ran into the Nigerian territory were rescued.

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“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 Says Kidnapped Senator, Others Freed In Northwest

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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.

UPDATED: Eleven Dead In Cameroon Forest Plane Crash

 

 

All 11 people on board a plane that crashed in a forest in central Cameroon have died, state radio CRTV said Thursday.

“All perished in the disaster” on Wednesday, the presenter said.

A transport ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP: “There were no survivors.”

The plane had been chartered by a private company, the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO), which maintains a hydrocarbon pipeline running to neighbouring Chad, official sources told AFP.

The plane, whose type and make were not made public, was flying from Yaounde-Nsimalen airport to Belabo in the east of the country, the transport ministry has said.

It was found in a forest near Nanga Eboko, some 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Yaounde, it said.

FIFA Rejects Algeria’s Call To Replay World Cup Play-Off With Cameroon

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Algeria’s desperate bid to have their World Cup play-off with Cameroon replayed has been rejected by the competition organisers FIFA, the Algerian Football Federation said Saturday.

Algeria won the first leg of the play-off 1-0 in March but were beaten 2-1 in the return leg to miss out on one of the five berths at the finals for African nations.

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The Algerian federation claimed the refereeing of the second tie by Gambian Bakary Gassama was “scandalous” while the FIFA referees committee rejected this view.

“The referees decisions had no negative influence,” FIFA said.

Gunmen Kidnap Cameroon Senator, Demand Ransom

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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.

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HRW Asks Cameroon To Protect Prisoners From Cholera

 

 

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.

Police Intercept Truck Carrying Illicit Drugs From Cameroon To Adamawa

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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.

Salah Creates Only Goal As Egypt Edge Senegal In World Cup

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Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah was the architect of the only goal as Egypt edged Senegal 1-0 in Cairo on Friday in a World Cup play-off first leg.    

Salah turned inside the box and slammed the ball against the crossbar with the rebound hitting Senegal defender Saliou Ciss and rolling into the net.

The eagerly awaited clash was a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations final last month, which Senegal won 4-2 on penalties in Cameroon after 120 goalless minutes.

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WCQ: Slimani Scores As Algeria Beat Cameroon In Douala

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Veteran forward Islam Slimani scored five minutes before half-time to give Algeria a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Douala on Friday in the first leg of a World Cup play-off.

Slimani soared in a crowded goalmouth to powerfully head a Youcef Belaili free-kick past goalkeeper Andre Onana into the roof of the net.

Even 11 minutes of added time could not bring Cameroon an equaliser and they must now win in Blida on Tuesday to avoid missing successive World Cup tournaments.

Earlier in the day, Tarik Tissoudali scored a brilliant equaliser as Morocco moved closer to a sixth World Cup appearance by drawing 1-1 with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa on Friday.

A move that began with a superb slide tackle by Moroccan defender Romain Saiss ended with Tissoudali rifling the ball into the net on 76 minutes in the first leg of their play-off.

Yoane Wissa had given  DR Congo a 12th-minute lead, sprinting down the wing, cutting inside, and unleashing a shot from just outside the box that brushed Saiss and beat goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

With away goals counting double if teams finish level on aggregate, a 0-0 draw in Casablanca on Tuesday would take Morocco to the World Cup in Qatar.

Morocco were unsettled after falling behind and Cedric Bakambu and Dieumerci Mbokani wasted chances to put the Congolese further ahead lead on a gloomy and windy evening.

The visitors squandered an early second-half chance to equalise when Ryan Mmaee blazed a penalty over the crossbar.

DR Congo were reduced to 10 men with five minutes remaining when Ngonda Muzinga was sent off after being yellow-carded twice. He will miss the return match.

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32 Dead In Cameroon Cholera Outbreak

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Thirty-two people have died in an outbreak of cholera in the central-western African state of Cameroon, the authorities said Wednesday.

The water-borne disease was first detected in the Southwest and Centre regions in late October and then spread to three other regions.

As of January 1, there were 32 deaths out of 1,102 recorded cases, Health Minister Manaouda Malachie said in a statement.

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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.

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Remarkable Comeback Against Burkina Faso Gives Cameroon Third Place At AFCON

Cameroon's forward Karl Toko Ekambi celebrates their victory after the penalty shoot-out at the end of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 third place football match between Burkina Faso and Cameroon at Stade Ahmadou-Ahidjo in Yaounde on February 5, 2022. Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP
Cameroon’s forward Karl Toko Ekambi celebrates their victory after the penalty shoot-out at the end of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 third place football match between Burkina Faso and Cameroon at Stade Ahmadou-Ahidjo in Yaounde on February 5, 2022. Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

 

Hosts Cameroon finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday after wiping out a three-goal deficit against Burkina Faso to draw 3-3, then win 5-3 on penalties.

Ambroise Oyongo scored the decisive penalty in Yaounde as the Indomitable Lions atoned for missing three kicks when losing a semi-final shootout against Egypt 48 hours ago.

Goals by Steeve Yago and Djibril Ouattara either side of an Andre Onana own goal gave the Burkinabe a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

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Stephane Bahoken reduced arrears and then substitute Vincent Aboubakar netted on 85 and 87 minutes to force a shootout.

The Cup of Nations final between Senegal and Egypt, with Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on opposite sides, will be staged on Sunday in Yaounde (1900 GMT).

Cameroon coach Toni Conceicao made nine changes to the team that lost on penalties to Egypt after extra time just two days ago at Stade Olembe, the main Yaounde stadium.

The Portuguese retained only goalkeeper Andre Onana and midfielder Samuel Oum Gouet, who was replaced at half-time by leading tournament scorer Aboubakar.

Burkina Faso boss Kamou Malo altered five of the team that started a 3-1 semi-final loss to Sadio Mane-inspired Senegal 24 hours before Cameroon played.

Two of them were enforced with injured goalkeeper Herve Koffi replaced by Farid Ouedraogo while suspended midfielder Adama Guira gave way to Ismahila Ouedraogo.

The countries had met three times before in the flagship African tournament with Cameroon winning twice, including in the opening match of this Cup of Nations, and drawing the other.

It was the third bronze medals play-off for both teams with each winning and losing once in a fixture that Africa has retained while Europe has ditched.

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Farid Ouedraogo made saves in quick succession from stand-in captain Oyongo and Jean Onana that led to him needing treatment for an injury as Cameroon threatened to score first.

Burkina Faso barely looked menacing before taking the lead on 24 minutes when Yago crept in at the far post to half volley an Issa Kabore cross into the roof of the net.

It was a similar goal to that scored by Burkinabe Gustavo Sangare in the opening match on January 9 before Aboubakar converted two penalties to give Cameroon maximum points.

The Stallions doubled their lead in the final minute of regular first half time when Andre Onana let a Kabore cross slip from his grasp into the net for an own goal.

Initially, the referee disallowed the goal because he incorrectly believed the ball had crossed the line, but the VAR official convinced him to change his decision.

Burkina Faso, who edged Ghana to finish third in their last Cup of Nations appearance five years ago, added a third goal just four minutes into the second half.

Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore crossed from the right and a powerful header from Djibril Ouattara gave no chance to Andre Onana, who is set to move from Ajax to Inter Milan in July.

Bahoken pulled one goal back for the Indomitable Lions on 71 minutes when the Burkinabe failed to clear a corner and the forward fired into the net from point-blank range.

The goal triggered a remarkable comeback with Aboubakar netting twice in quick succession as full-time approached to force a penalty shootout.

 

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Falconets Spank Cameroon, Close In On FIFA World Cup Ticket

Nigeria's female U-20 team, falconets, beat their counterparts 3-0 in a World Cup Qualifying match in Abuja on February 5, 2022.
Nigeria’s female U-20 team, falconets, beat their counterparts 3-0 in a World Cup Qualifying match in Abuja on February 5, 2022.

 

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.

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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.

 

Nigeria's female U-20 team, falconets, beat their counterparts 3-0 in a World Cup Qualifying match in Abuja on February 5, 2022.

Nigeria's female U-20 team, falconets, beat their counterparts 3-0 in a World Cup Qualifying match in Abuja on February 5, 2022.

Nigeria's female U-20 team, falconets, beat their counterparts 3-0 in a World Cup Qualifying match in Abuja on February 5, 2022.