All roads from Nkambe in Donga Mantung Division and Jakiri in Bui Division into Bamenda town have been blocked by the Francophone soldiers from Yaounde and Douala. The soldiers are reportedly controlling all major roads into the city of Bamenda.
Travelers from Nkambe and Jakiri were forced to make a U-turn early Tuesday December 27, 2016. A passenger from Ndu, Tata Sharick WEYI who was denied entry into Kumbo said, “I just witnessed it, I’m on my way back home as the men in uniform will not let us access. I’m going back to Ndu, was blocked and told roads will only open by 6pm. Even patients on their way to the hospital were stopped and sent back.”
The road block according to a lawyer based in Bamenda is due to fears that youths from Nkambe and Jakiri, stronghold of famous Hon. Wirba Joseph could invade Bamenda to disrupt the meeting previewed for today between Anglophone teachers’ trade unions and the government. The youths had earlier vowed that there would be no meeting if those arrested last November 21 and December 8 are not released.
The governor of the North West region, Adolphe LELE L’Afrique is said to have given the orders. Military vehicles from Yaoundé also accompanied the delegation coming for dialogue. Bamenda town is heavily militarized. Members of the mobile intervention unit of the army, BIR are seen parading the town with heavy arms ready for any showdown.