Cameroonian Security Forces, Arab Choa Clash Leaves 1 Person Dead

The clash started after the former Mayor of Makary, Acheick Aboukresse, an Arab Choa elite, was arrested.

At least one person was killed and another one injured when Cameroon security forces and some members of the Arab Choa community in Kousseri in the Logone and Chari division of the Far North Region of Cameroon clashed. 

The clash on Monday, Jan. 11, started when defense and security forces arrested the former Mayor of Makary, Acheick Aboukresse who is an Arab Choa elite.

“He is accused by the administrative authorities of Logone and Chari of being the brain behind the confrontations of August and December 2021 between the Arab Choa and Mousgoum communities,” said one Kousseri person, who opted for anonymity.

The communal clashes in 2021 resulted in 28 deaths with about 74 persons wounded as well 24 villages razed, leading to the displacement of over 10,000 Cameroonians towards neighbouring Chad.

“On hearing of the arrest of Acheick Aboukresse, his tribespeople and sympathisers took to the streets and started burning tyres and throwing stones at soldiers and the police,” another resident of the area who witnessed the incident disclosed.

“They were protesting against the arrest of their kinsman and his transfer from Kousseri to Maroua and calling for his immediate release and return to Kousseri.” 

“A senior police officer told me that they were forced to open fire when they felt threatened by the irate mob. A twenty-two-year-old man was hit by a bullet and another wounded in the crossfire.”

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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