Francophone SDO declares dusk-to-dawn curfew in Bamenda County over erupted clash
The French Cameroun adminsitrative officer for the Southern Cameroons State of Mezam has signed an order banning the movement of Ambazonians from 10 pm to 5 am. The so-called Senior Divisional Officer , Songo Pierre was quoted as saying that he made the decision to institute a curfew in his area of jurisdiction after intensive consultation with the authorities in Yaounde.
The announcement was made yesterday November 8, 2017 through the regional station of the Cameroon Radio and Television in the Bamenda County.
According to the prefectural statement, it is strictly forbidden to travel from 10 pm to 5 am. This restriction of movement, which took effect on November 8, runs until November 23, 2017 according to the Francophone administrative authority.
The curfew comes a day after an attack on a security checkpoint in Bafut claimed the lives of three people including two Francophone gendarmes. We gathered that on that same night, there was an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and armed Southern Cameroons militants in two other localities in the city of Bamenda.
Songo Pierre had made a similar decision on the 28th of September before the activities of October 1 2017. The Francophone Prefect had imposed a strict prohibition to all movements and had also requested the closure of the border entering into the Bamenda County.
By Eyong Johnson, CIR