Cameroon army
Cameroon army

Cameroon army on Tuesday warned that armed separatists planning to disrupt general elections scheduled for next will bear a heavy cost for their actions.

Brigadier General Valere Nka, commander of 5th Joint Military Region with command post in Bamenda, chief town of troubled Anglophone region of Northwest, said the army will “crush” separatists who persist to disturb the elections.


“To the so-called (separatist) generals… I want to issue them a strong warning. We are aware of the plans to disrupt the electoral process and we already know the hideouts,” Nka told reporters after 400 troops jogged through the city of Bamenda to demonstrate strength and assure civilians of security.

“We are going to step up military operations and if they don’t lay down their weapons, we are going to strike and crush them,” he added.

Parliamentary and municipal elections will take place in Cameroon on Feb. 9 amid threats by separatists. In early January, separatist leaders said they will be imposing a six-day lockdown from Feb. 7 to 12 in the troubled Anglophone regions where they are fighting to create an independent nation in a bid to stop the elections from taking place.

Cameroon has deployed troops to the regions to ensure security before, during and after the elections. Enditem


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