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Cameroon’s Vigilante Group Receive Motorbikes To Boost Patrols Against Separatists

The separatists have been making incursions into Babadjou town and killing people while destroying properties and infrastructures.

The elites of Babadjou, a town on the border between the Western Region of Cameroon and the restive English-speaking Northwest Region, have offered four motorcycles to the town’s vigilante committee to facilitate its members’ mobility in their fight against Anglophone separatists.

The separatists have been making incursions into the town and killing people while destroying properties and infrastructures.

“Henceforth, members of the vigilante committee can use the motorcycles to quickly rush to gendarmerie or police posts to alert the security forces on imminent incursions by the Anglophone separatists,” one of the donors of the motorbikes who did not want to be identified told HumAngle in Babadjou.

Since the onset of the Anglophone crisis five years ago, Vigilante committees have become essential knots in the fight against separatists as they serve as sentries and alert the administrative and security authorities on the activities of the separatists in their various localities.

In the Western Region, which is neighbouring the restive Northwest Region, the village vigilante committees have on several occasions demonstrated their importance in the fight against the insurgents.

On June 27, 2022, members of the Babadjou vigilante committee alerted the security forces of the presence of separatist elements in the town enabling the army to take the necessary dispositions that helped them neutralise eleven separatist combatants.

Being a border town to the Northwest region, Babadjou has been the victim of several separatist attacks resulting in deaths and significant material damage to properties and infrastructures.


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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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