Cameroon government admits army’s role in civilian killings – Pres Biya

YAOUNDE, April 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) —Cameroon has admitted that soldiers acting alongside a militia shot dead 13 civilians, including 10 children, in the restive north-west of the country.

Officials had initially denied the army was involved in the killings in Ntumbo in February.

In a statement, Cameroon’s presidency said three soldiers along with members of a vigilante group had stormed a separatist rebel base.

It suggested the deaths were accidental but soldiers tried to cover them up.

Cameroon MPs pass devolution bill for troubled anglophone regions

YAOUNDE, Dec 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A bill granting special status to Cameroon’s two crisis-hit anglophone regions was passed by lawmakers on Wednesday, national radio said, an attempt to ease two years of bloody violence.

If the Senate approves the devolution law and it comes into force, the western areas where separatists are fighting government troops will be able to develop their own education and justice policies, it said.

Cameroonian government rules out postponing general elections

YAOUNDE, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Cameroonian government ruled out the possibility of postponing general elections scheduled for February 2020, a government spokesperson said on Monday.

"The government condemns all maneuvers that amount to blackmail and one-upmanship, and denounces the various foreign attempts to interfere, which are in violation of our laws, and which are advocating further postponements, indefinite postponements, of announced legislative and municipal elections," Cameroon's government spokesperson Emmanuel Rene Sadi told a press conference late Monday.

Four armed separatists arrested over murder of Cameroonian army officer

YAOUNDE, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Four armed separatists suspected of murdering an officer of the Cameroon armed forces were captured on Monday in Muyuka, a locality in the troubled English-speaking region of Southwest, according to the army.

They were ambushed and arrested in their camp by the military who also seized their weapons. The operation was successful thanks to the collaboration of the public, the army said.

The officer Jean Noel Ndongo was kidnapped by the separatists and then buried alive in the locality last week, according to security reports.

Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto walks free from jail

YOUNDE, Oct 6 (NNN-AGENCIES) – A military court in Cameroon has freed opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who had been in prison for nine months and facing charges of insurrection.

His release, along with that of dozens of his supporters, comes as President Paul Biya is aiming to strike a more conciliatory tone.

Kamto was detained after organising protests in January against the result of last year’s presidential election.

The president, in power for 37 years, is trying to quell a separatist revolt.

Cameroon government condemns prison riots incitement

YAOUNDE, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon's Minister of Communication Rene Emmanuel Sadi on Tuesday condemned violent protests that took place Monday night in the country's largest prison commonly called Kondengui Central Prison located in the capital, Yaounde, vowing that effective investigation will be made to bring out the truth behind the riots.

Reports of fire, shots at Cameroon maximum security prison

23 July 2019; DW: There are reports of deaths after soldiers started shooting after a fire at the Kondengui Central Prison in Yaounde. Anglophone detainees have staged protests about their detention, and prison conditions.

A fire broke out at the Kondengui Central Prison in Cameroon's capital city, Yaounde on Monday night after detainees, largely come from two Anglophone regions of Cameroon, held a protest in the overcrowded prison.

Cameroon holds workshop to lay groundwork for implementing AfCFTA

YAOUNDE, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon organized a workshop in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in the capital on Tuesday to lay the groundwork for the implementation of Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Government officials said the two-day workshop gives Cameroon the opportunity to assess what the country will benefit from the agreement.

Over 100 students, teachers abducted in Cameroon's troubled anglophone region

YAOUNDE, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 students and teachers of a private college in Northwest, one of the two war-torn English-speaking regions of Cameroon, were kidnapped on early Saturday, according to school authorities.

School officials earlier told Xinhua that only eleven students and three teachers had been kidnapped, but further investigations have revealed that more than 100 students and teachers have been kidnapped.

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