Cameroon Deploys Troops to Fight Separatists

YAOUNDÉ VOA | Cameroon this week deployed an additional 300 troops to Bui, a northwestern administrative unit that the military says has become a stronghold for separatists. The troops are conducting house-to-house searches for weapons and destroying improvised explosive devices and rebel camps. But Civilians accuse both sides of abuses and rights violations.

Cameroon’s military says Bui, an administrative unit in the English speaking North West Region, is becoming an epicenter of separatist atrocities. About 35 improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, were destroyed by the military within the past two weeks.

Other IEDs planted by separatists, the military says, destroyed vehicles and roads.

Troops sent to restore order in June killed seven fighters including three self-proclaimed separatist generals, authorities said. Four soldiers died while seizing weapons from fighters.

General Valere Nka is commander of government troops fighting the separatists.

He said 300 additional troops have been deployed this week to Bui with a mission to destroy IEDs and separatist camps.

Nka said there is no time to rest for his troops as killings and looting by rebels is still rife in Bui. He said fighters continue to threaten freedoms and liberties of civilians. He said President Paul Biya, who is commander-in-chief of Cameroon’s armed forces, has instructed the military to destroy separatist camps and neutralize rebels and their self-proclaimed generals.

Nka urged civilians to assist the military in reporting suspects and helping identify their hideouts.

The Presbyterian Church in Bui said dozens of its members, especially motorcycle riders who transport travelers, have fled months of fighting.

Forty-year-old Christopher Tatah said he escaped to the French-speaking western town of Bafoussam. He said government forces seized his motorcycle in Kumbo, the capital of Bui.

“When they [the military] come, they break into houses and then they loot. They collect telephones, musical sets and then any other electronical gadget that they need. When they see any motor bike, they just collect and they do not give it back. So, we are pleading. The government should see [negotiate] a way that this war [separatist crisis] should come to an end,” he said.

Tatah said civilians accused of collaborating with the military are targeted and tortured by fighters.

He said before leaving Kumbo last Sunday, six civilians were killed when an explosive device planted by fighters detonated.

Separatists have been fighting for the creation of an independent English-speaking state called Ambazonia.

Capo Daniel is a self-proclaimed deputy defense chief of the Ambazonia Defense Forces, a rebel group in Cameroon’s western regions. He claims responsibility for the IEDs, but says fighters target only the military. He spoke via the messaging app, WhatsApp.

“Those civilians that were affected by those bombs [IEDs] were civilians who were being transported in Cameroonian military vehicles. Those military vehicles are legitimate targets for our forces on the ground. We will continue to target them and any civilians that allow themselves to be transported in military armored personnel carriers will definitely come under fire.”

Capo blamed the military for most of the atrocities. Nka said the military has remained professional and respects the rights of citizens.

Deben Tchoffo is the governor of Cameroon’s Northwest region. He said the troops deployed to Bui this week have been instructed to search homes and seize illegal weapons said to be in wide circulation.

“There are some prophets of doom who want to bring chaos in our region by destabilizing the population of the Northwest region. We instructed the administrative authorities and the security forces [the military] to recuperate all those guns, ammunition that are circulating in the region. The process is ongoing. We are going to make sure all those that are still keeping guns and ammunition in the region are brought to book and prosecuted,”

Violence erupted in 2017 in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions when teachers and lawyers protested alleged discrimination at the hands of the French-speaking majority. The military reacted with a crackdown and separatist groups took up weapons, claiming that they were protecting civilians. The U.N. says 3,000 people have been killed and more than 50,000 displaced in French-speaking towns and in neighboring Nigeria.

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11 comments

  1. Bui will always stand tall even if lrc should send all it’s armed rubbers in uniform there.the only person that will suffer with this upsurge of lrc armed rubbers will be the innocent civilian.
    Our boys are not stupid,they are masters of their terrain,and will use it to their advantage.by the way 300 is too small for our brave fighters, lrc should deploy more and the beautiful landscape of Bui will be the last thing many of them will ever see.
    Self defense is a human right,and our boys will continue to do just that against these killers from yde.more courage to our brave Bui warriors.

  2. @Zamzam @BrothaJosephus aka Bameta Muna disease infection, 17 terrorist military were send to the world beyond today alone. Let’s see how long this 300 will last. Mash fire Gen No Pity. Once we upgrade to Fertilizer bombs come dry season we will be taking out an entire convoy of trucks at a time. Wata na wata!

    • Mbootman,

      the truth of the matter is that you will never step your jigger infested feet on CMR again.

      All the women in your family who crossed over to LRC will all marry Ekang boys like Mpappé.

      So, you better leave aside those bags of fertilizer and upgrade your wata-wata head first…

      • Zamzam aka PaddyAssanga the Genocidaire looking for famla souls. Amba will be free. Field Marshal No pity took out another 13 today. The 6 delegates in our keeping in Ndian are being prepared for the guilotine. Idiot.

  3. ambazonia war of kidnapping. stop killing, kidnapping and sufferings English Cameroonians in the name of an imaginary country call ambazonia. Many English Cameroonians are tired of your kidnapping business called revolution.

  4. “….President Paul Biya, who is commander-in-chief of Cameroon’s armed forces, has instructed the military to destroy separatist camps and neutralize rebels and their self-proclaimed generals.”

    * MY TAKE *

    I FEEL SORRY FOR DICTATOR BIYA. I REALLY DO

    Why????????

    because that evil BULU dictator is still living in a fool’s paradise.
    He is still daydreaming of a military solution to the Anglophone Question.

    Superpowers, such as the US, USSR left Afghanistan because ASYMMETRICAL WARFARES are unwinnable.
    However, a weak and bankrupt country called LRC is still dreaming of winning an asymmetrical warfare.

    WONDERS SHALL NEVER END!!!!!!!!

    • **** BREAKING WAR NEWS ****

      Scientists from the Ambazonia Institute of Technology have upgraded the explosive power of the IEDs.
      The IEDs are now also produced 24/7. All the roads leading to all villages in SC have been weaponized with the upgraded IEDs.
      Simply put, LRC terrorists sent to SC will SURELY return to their country in body bags.

      DO NOT SAY THAT YOU WERE NOT WARNED !!!!!!!!

      BYE BYE LRC, BAKASSI OIL HERE WE COME

  5. If this was up to the ekangs people, the noso will be whatever they want to be.
    We the ekangs really do not care.
    Good luck with your future bomber there.
    Just a shame some of our brothers are dying for that nonsense that brings the ekangs nothing at all

    • Idiotic genocidaire! You haven’t seen anything yet. The small stone in your shoe will become the cancer that will have the whole foot chopped off! You brought war. Let the war continue. Idiot.

  6. For ever young

    The only prophets of doom have already brought chaos in West Cameroon is the Evil bulu dictator Paul Biya and his corrupt evil collaborators like yourself stupid useless so call governor has plunder the resources of West Cameroonian left them in underdevelopment for decades and deaths in the thousands , we shall resist this evildoer our parents made a big mistake to enter union has brought nothing but pain, suffering and deaths

  7. I have told @Zam Zam that Biya is risking the life of those military.The reason this war have lasted this long is becos Amba did not have sophisticated weapons from the beginning.I have told @Zam Zam that Amba boys have nothing to lose in this war.On the contrary,it is the gov’t that has a lot to lose.This war can continue for the next 10 years,Amba boys would not be losing anything.It’s risky to fight faceless people,especially if they have sophisticated weapons like u.U can’t defeat them.U will be the one to run away from the battle filed….