Cameroon Military Sweeps Northwest City to Weed Out Separatists

YAOUNDE VOA | Cameroon’s military this week launched an operation to weed out anglophone separatists in the northwestern city of Bamenda.? Locals say the commercial hub is eerily quiet after the military banned motorcycles, and rebels responded by demanding all vehicles stay off the streets.? Civilians have been escaping the renewed fighting to neighboring towns and villages.

Twenty-seven-year-old nurse Rachel Ngobising arrived in Yaoundé late Wednesday after escaping heavy fighting in Cameroon’s northwestern city of Bamenda.

“I struggled and I trekked for a very long distance before I could find a car that could smuggle me out of Bamenda.  Worst of all, when I finally got a car, I had to pay five times the normal price [fare] because even the driver is scared.  He was taking a risk,” she said.

The fighting broke out as Cameroon’s military this week swept the city of about 350,000 people, looking for anglophone separatists.

A general view of the main entrance to the Market in Bamenda on Sept. 9, 2020.

 

The commander of troops in the Northwest region, General Nka Valere, Monday announced what he called “Operation Clean Bamenda.”

He said they aimed to weed out rebels who entered the city after the military on Sunday killed a self-proclaimed rebel general.

“That terrorist, by the name Fonteh, alias ‘mad dog,’ has killed more than 100 people,” he said.  “We are taking all the measures to make sure that Bamenda will be clean.  Respect the decision taken by the city mayor of Bamenda and administrative authorities.”

In a Wednesday interview, Valere said there were several running battles between the military and rebels in Bamenda and nearby villages.

However, in Bamenda, locals say the streets are eerily quiet and movement in the city has become difficult.

Officials banned motorcycles to stop the rebels from being able to quickly attack and escape.

Cameroon authorities say, normally, commercial motorcyclists alone number about 25,000 in Bamenda.

Separatists responded by demanding all vehicles stay off the city’s streets.

Daniel Caapo is a Hong Kong-based, self-proclaimed deputy defense chief for the rebel Ambazonia Defense Forces.

Speaking via a messaging application, he says they announced the demand to support motorcyclists.

“Our citizens are relying on motorbikes to go to hospital and to provide access to critical areas of Bamenda,” he said.  “Most of these motor bikers earn their living only providing these services and they cater for a large population of our people who have no jobs to make a living.  We cannot allow this.  We have to rise up in solidarity with the bike men and also to send a strong message to the occupying force [military] and to the occupying administration [government].”

Cameroon’s military has vowed to crush rebels who refuse to surrender and hand over their weapons.

The governor of the Northwest region, Deben Tchoffo, says people should respect security actions needed to make the city safe.

He says measures taken by the government and the military to protect civilians should be respected.  The announced actions, and many others that have not been made public, says Tchoffo, are intended to ensure the safety and well-being of all civilians.  He asks that all civilians continue carrying out their daily activities without fear.

The rebels have been fighting since 2017 to carve out an independent, English-speaking state from French-speaking-majority Cameroon.

The United Nations says the four-year conflict has left at least 3,000 people dead and displaced more than half a million.

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13 comments

  1. Someone give these retards brooms to sweep our streets,or machete to cut our bushes as they once did in Sacred heart.afterall all what they do is kill innocent civilians,rape women and terrorize our people.

    A few boys organised themselves a day ago and brought them down in their numbers,i mean so many of them,and finally shot their way through the barricades that these terrorist mounted.

    The boys did such a fine that that even the colonial terrorist military couldn’t lie about it this time around,and had to go out there and downplay the numbers as is always the case that only one was killed and another injured.

    Even after stopping the circulation of bendskins,these boys are still bringing the fight to them,so go tell yaounde that we own the land, and will sweep them off our streets.

    • Why do you stay abroad and send poor people’s children to be slaughtered at the abbatoir so that u come and take over power ; u coward. Have u ever noticed that we are going nowhere? We kill ourselves and push others to go and hide for safety in the so called colonial master’s land. The danger now is from us if u are courageous return to country or send ur children in the battle ground. I use to support the struggle but when I realize people are out to make money from it , I need only my peace now.

      • @General Peace,can you please tell us from where you were supporting the struggle,i mean if you were doing it from g zero with your children and grand children?
        If your answer is negative as i expect it to be then you are the coward.

  2. @General Peace Why don’t u go on ground and preach peace?……Is the ”operation keep Bamenda” clean the solution to the crisis?

  3. ” I need only my peace now.” says @General Peace

    * MY TAKE *

    PEACE and JUSTICE are “one and indivisible”.

    There has NEVER EVER been PEACE in the INFORMAL union because of the systemic injustices meted out to the minority Anglophones by the majority Francophones.

    Simply put, the CPDM slogan, “Cameroon is an island of peace”, is another typical example of “rule by deceit and deception”.

    CONCLUSION

    A country ruled by deceit, deception and terror is likened to a house built on sand.
    It is common knowledge and a celebrated fact that a house built on sand cannot stand for long.

    Thank God, Dictator Biya’s UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE; UNCONTROLLABLE and financially UNSUSTAINABLE war will rescue the Anglophones from that sh*thole VIVRE-ENSEMBLE with LRC.

    GOD IS INDEED GREAT

    • “Cameroon’s military has vowed to crush rebels who refuse to surrender and hand over their weapons.”

      RUBBISH, TOTAL RUBBISH!!!

      WHY???????????????????????

      because it is the usuai EMPTY THREAT. NOHING MORE NOTHING LESS.

      As a reminder, Dictator Biya has threatened the INVINCIBLE Amba boys severally. However, the latter have said with one voice BRING IT ON. The war will continue to intensify until all LRC terrorist militias have been sent back to their country, LRC, DEAD OR ALIVE.
      LRC terrorist militias could not defeat the INVINCIBLE Amba boys when the latter was fighting with dane guns. The former is still daydreaming of crushing the latter at a time that Amba boys are fighting with AK47, BOMBS, IEDs and IVOLINE. That is an example of a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.

      THE WAR CONTINUES…….

      • BOBGAH TERENCE NJIAH

        We do respect Cameroon has one of the most formidable military in Africa and the world every nation knows that . They are well equipped to the marrow , if those so called confusionists think they are powerful let them confront the army face to face in bamenda or any bloody territory in Cameroon they would be swept to ashes just as the remains of Ivo …….. stop deceiving yourselves .

        • In ASYMMETRICAL warfare you do not confront your enemies face to face.The INVINCIBLE Amba boys are fighting asymmetrically. LRC terrorists can therefore NEVER EVER win the war.
          Simply put, the war will end at the NEGOTIATING table.

          CONCLUSION

          A country ruled by deceit, deception and terror is likened to a house built on sand.
          It is common knowledge and a celebrated fact that a house built on sand cannot stand for long.

          Thank God, Dictator Biya’s UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE; UNCONTROLLABLE and financially UNSUSTAINABLE war will rescue the Anglophones from that sh*thole VIVRE-ENSEMBLE with LRC.

          GOD IS INDEED GREAT

  4. Go and sleep. You don’t have what to say

  5. Who are the people suffering in this your Ambazonia foolishness? The Bamenda people want peace. They want their kids to go to school and carry on with their businesses. All you foolish Ambazonians are doing is making their lives difficult while the francophones are living in peace. You Ambazonians have no weapons to fight the military and it is why you jump on bikes strike and run to your bushes like cowards and losers while the poor Bamenda people suffer. Stop this your foolishness and use your f’cking brains. You cannot win by destroying the lives and future of anglophones. If you cared about anglophones you won’t be doing what you are doing knowing fully well that you can’t win. All you idiots are trying to do is to turn the SW & NW provinces into the Katanga province in the DRC.

  6. BOBGAH TERENCE NJIAH

    We do respect Cameroon has one of the most formidable military in Africa and the world every nation knows that . They are well equipped to the marrow , if those so called confusionists think they are powerful let them confront the army face to face in bamenda or any bloody territory in Cameroon they would be swept to ashes just as the remains of Ivo …….. stop deceiving yourselves .

    • Cameroon army is only good at killing women and children. The LRC army is ranked 101 out of 138 countries and of 35 African countries in terms of military strength Chad is #14, Mali#17, Burkina Faso#18 and the LRC army that cannot defeat Amba boys (not army) ranks #19

  7. SW people donc wise this ambazonia stupidity. B’da people wona continue de suffer. hahahaha.

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