President Paul Biya has given instructions for immediate action to be taken to bring back peace and order to the North West and South West Regions.
Cameroon’s security, military and defence forces will any time from now go into concrete action on the field to tackle rising insecurity particularly in the restive North West and South West Regions where in two separate attacks and within two days last week, four soldiers and two police officers were assassinated.
President Paul Biya in a declaration at the Nsimalen International Airport on November 30, 2017 on his return from the Africa Union-European Union meeting in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire said it was henceforth perfectly clear to everyone that Cameroon was a victim of repeated attacks by terrorist bands that claim to be secessionist movement.
In the face of the aggression, he assured the Cameroonian people that all measures are taken to boot out the criminals and ensure that peace and security are safeguarded throughout the national territory.
As such, on the high instructions of the Head of State, Paul Biya, a special security meeting took place at the Ministry of Defence in Yaounde the next day, on December 1, 2017.
After the in-camera day-long meeting, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo in a statement to the press said, they have taken necessary measures according to the instructions of the Head of State to bring back peace and order to the North West and South West regions, “And we will do it immediately.”
He said the press will be informed from time to time on the evolution of the implementation of the measures on the field. He further said the army and security forces are on the field and will continue to secure the two affected English-speaking regions as well as the other eight regions of the country.
This, he explained, is because besides the two regions, “we made a round up of the security situation concerning the whole national territory. The mission will be done with the participation of the population concerned.”
He said that the mission to bring back peace, order and security will be handled with responsibility in order to be in harmony with the population. “We are not putting the army to go to war with another country,” the Minister specified.
He said it is an internal problem concerning Cameroonians and that will be handled with responsibility to keep the link between the army and the population so as to put an end to the adventure.