It has been revealed that Asian miners fraudulently evacuate undeclared mines from the East region in Cameroon. Cameroon government officials claimed recently that 70% of local mine production leave the country via the back door. Security sources say the Chinese ship the gold and diamonds using domestic gas cylinders.
Cameroon Intelligence Report learnt that security forces confiscated supposed empty gas bottles following intelligence from a Cameroonian national serving at the gold plants in Bertoua and found that some were heavier than others. Huge amounts of gold hidden in plastic bags were discovered in some of the bottles.
Gold extraction companies and diamonds in the Eastern Region are predominantly Chinese. The Chinese are working in collusion with local CPDM officials who consent to the gold plunder scheme on Cameroonian soil. Unfortunately, not a single word or arrest have been made on the instigators of this horrible economic crime.
Our chief economic reporter noted that the CPDM government is maintaining a kind of deliberate silence on the issue in order not to strain diplomatic relations with China. A highly placed government official who sued for anonymity told Cameroon Intelligence Report that there is virtually no record on diamonds extracted from sites in Boumba and Ngoko.
Ebong Kingsley (Cameroon Intelligence Report)