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Anglophone crisis: governor calls for vigilante groups against attacks

Lele Lafrique, governor of the North West region, has urged citizens to join self-defense groups in order to curb sporadic…

Lele Lafrique, governor of the North West region, has urged citizens to join self-defense groups in order to curb sporadic attacks in the region.

The governor’s call was in reaction to several burning of public and private buildings, the most recent being the burning down of shops at the Bamenda food market last Tuesday, March 14 by unidentified persons.

While chairing a security meeting on March 22 in Bamenda, governor Lele Lafrique said the only way to curb the sporadic attacks would be the creation of vigilante groups in neighbourhoods.  He used the forum to reiterate his plea for children to resume classes promising them security. The governor’s plea was however met with stiff questions from traditional authorities and representatives of political parties who attended the meeting. The participants challenged the governor to reinstate internet in the region, release all detainees and demilitarise the streets of major towns and villages. They advise the governor to learn how to counteract hate messages by being a proactive communicator.

A similar call was made last month by Peter Mafany Musonge, former prime minister in the south west region. Since the crisis began, several unidentified persons have resorted to burning down of schools like the medical school in the University of Bamenda, where despite the calls for school boycott by the consortium leaders, some students and teachers especially of the Francophone extraction continue to hold undercover lectures.

 

 

 

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