North West: Calm Returns To Kumbo
North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique comforts victims receiving treatment in Kumbo health facility
Monday, September 4, 2017 was unusual in Kumbo, Bui Division where a confrontation between the Forces of Law and Order and the population turned ugly, leading to the erection of barricades on the streets, burnings, destruction of public property and the death of one person at press time. It all started in the neighbourhood of Mbiame, where some elements of the Bui Gendarmerie Company filed out, in search of suspected drug traffickers. It emerged from field reports that the arrested suspects were quick to alert armed accomplices who mobilized to rescue them. Reports have it that in an attempt to have the situation under control, the Gendarme elements wounded three of the suspects, one of whom later died while five Gendarmes also suffered injuries.
In an attempt to carry the corpse towards Kumbo town the angry population was overpowered by the Forces of Law and Order, but the population moved on to burn the administrative block of GBHS Kumbo, vandalized some blocks and the Principal’s office at GSS Mbveh, vandalized windows of the SDO’s office as well as those of the Divisional Delegation of Sports and Physical Education. They also vandalized a gendarmerie vehicle, mounted barricades at Squares, burnt tires on the streets and destroyed bill boards during the generalized disorder. Calm returned to the neighbourhood after North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique visited injured victims receiving treatment in Kumbo on September 4, 2017.