By Isidore Abah, Thursday, October 26, 2017
Southern Cameroons Journal, Noni – Practically abandoned and hungry-battered, four elements of the Biya’s elite forces, the Rapid Intervention Battalion(BIR) armed to the teeth, stormed Nkor Market in Bui Division, Northwest Region and began forcing people who had opened their business premises to shut down and quite the scene.
The villagers hesitated, but were threatened to obey by the irate soldiers, who equally ordered the population to disperse.
Some of Biya’s cronies under the umbrella of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM), who were in the field for an appeasement mission on the Anglophone Crisis, were surprised at what was happening and accosted the disenchanted soldiers but were ignored.
Even the Mayor of Nkor Council, Francis Wache, who stormed out of his residence after hearing the news to find out what was happening, was equally brushed aside by the combat-ready soldiers.
The Divisional Officer, DO, for Noni, Martin Ngwa Manjong, upon getting the information, rushed to the scene and ordered the population to resume their activities.
The soldiers temporary obeyed the administrator, but when he left for Kumbo to receive the visiting Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, the BIRs threatened to resume their uncouth exercise in Nkor and began harassing citizens who were going about their daily activities.
It was only after the General Manager of the Cameroon Shipyard and Industrial Engineering (Chantier Naval), Alfred Mbeng Forgwei, arrived the scene and gave the soldiers some money that they withdrew to the barracks.
According to the DO, the soldiers had earlier complained about unpaid allowances, which complain he had communicated to hierarchy.
He said he had even gone ahead to provide them with money for sustenance.
He expressed surprise with the lawless attitude of the law enforcement officials on a peace-loving population.
Some Nkor residents told our reporter that ever since the arrival of the soldiers, there has been unnecessary harassment of the population.
Informed of the harassment, the military hierarchy immediately ordered for the withdrawal of the soldiers from Noni, and in less than three hours, a new contingent was on the way to replace them.