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North Cameroon: 270 Poachers Killed, 119 Arms Seized In 3 Years

During the period under review, 83 clandestine gold miners and 50 fishers were arrested.

Two hundred and seventy poachers were killed and 119 arms seized over the past three years in the North region of Cameroon.

According to a report published on Wednesday, Oct. 27, by the North regional committee for the fight against poaching in the region, 162 herders were captured in ecologically protected areas in the region.

The report prepared with the assistance of technical and financial partners notably EcoNorcam, WCS/FW, reveals that of the 119 arms seized, 22 were of foreign manufacture while 97 were locally made.

During the period under review, 83 clandestine gold miners and 50 fishers were arrested.

The report also revealed that in the last 10 years, traffickers in flora and fauna caused the deaths of 30 persons, 15 of whom were civil servants, while the other 15 were employed by persons working on percentage in hunting zones.

To reinforce the fight against the phenomenon, the North regional committee for the fight against poaching envisages in its 2022 action plan, the reinforcement of synergy between stakeholders involved in the management of the Bouba-Ndjida, Benoue, and Faro national parks, and the operation of the inter-force chain of intelligence at the regional level to facilitate the circulation of information within the main areas of poaching.


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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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