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Massive arrests in Bamenda send citizens indoors

Several North West citizens have been forced to remain indoors due to the massive arrest of youths by military officers…

Several North West citizens have been forced to remain indoors due to the massive arrest of youths by military officers in the region.

Security officers over the weekend arrested dozens of youths without Identity cards in some neighborhoods in Bamenda. The massive arrest began early Saturday March 18, 2017 when security forces blocked major roads leading to New Church Azire and Metta Quarters. They demanded everyone passing by to present his or her identity card or risk being arrested. Several Motor Bike riders who did not move along with their Identity Cards were simply apprehended. No single Motor Bike riders could cross the line without being interrogated by security forces.

The officers also checked several houses and neighbourhood interrogating everyone they met on their way.  This move by the men in uniform, forced several persons to remain indoors in order to avoid being arrested

The officers also squared denizen’s Mobile phones without telling the owners why the operation was done. Observers hold that these areas have been noted for its resistance in the ongoing crisis in the two English speaking regions and that an area like Metta Quarters is always ready to resist violence by security especially last January 13, 2017 when sounds of locally made guns were heard in the area as security shot four persons on their legs when dialogue between Government and trade Union leaders lasted late in the night. Three students hostels of the University of Bamenda were also reportedly burned down same day.

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