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Cameroon Govt Strengthens Vigilante Groups After Boko Haram Attack

Following the Friday suicide bomb attack by Boko Haram on Mozogo in the Mayo-Sanaga division of the Far North Region of Cameroon that left 14 dead, Midjiyawa Bakari, Governor of the region, has ordered the reinforcement of security and the re-energizing of auto-defence/village vigilante groups in the region.

The attack on Friday killed 14 people including 12 civilians, a soldier and the suicide bomber.

Addressing journalists on Sunday, Governor Bakari revealed that since the Friday attack, the government has gone to the assistance of the wounded and extended its condolences to the families of the deceased.

“General Sally (the military commander of the zone) has gone to the site of the incident,” he said.

“He has given the necessary assistance to those affected. We have also been instructed by the highest hierarchy to visit the affected people and present the condolences of the head of state, help the wounded and give them the necessary comfort. We are preparing to do just that.”

The governor revealed that serious reinforcement of security in the region is envisaged as well as the putting into service and re-energizing auto-defence groups.

“Already, during the installation of the Prefect of Mayo-Sanaga, the attention of the population had been drawn to the fact that we are very soon also going to organize remobilization and dynamisation tours to auto-defence and vigilante groups so that they work side-by-side with our defence and security forces in order to secure the border zones,” Bakari added.

He further called on the local administrators to be vigilant and instructed them to work in synergy with the defence and security forces in order to repulse any eventuality.

“As concerns, the various groups, periodic markets, schools in the periphery and others, they should beware of explosive engines,” the governor advised.

“The populations must be close to the security forces and inform them of suspicious behaviour and all other objects that they find around. There should be complete vigilance.” 

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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