Security : Imperative Change Of Strategy

The gradual resumption of socio-cultural, economic and political activities in the North West and South West Regions notwithstanding sporadic attacks call for review of action.

Prime Minister, Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute during his recent visit to Buea, South West Region from September 21 – 24, 2021, vividly described the security situation on the ground in the crisis- affected North West and South West Regions.
Addressing the population to explain the level of the implementation of the recommendations of the Major National Dialogue and other government actions aimed at bringing back peace and normalcy to the North West and South West Regions, he said, “There is abundant qualitative and quantitative evidence indicating an overall improvement in the socio-economic, political and security situation on the ground in the North West and South West Regions since late 2020.” He cited indicators to include school enrolment figures, number of academic institutions which have re-opened, relative security, restart of economic activity and gradual return of internally displaced persons and gradual collapse of the ghost town operations. Before this, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the North West and South West Regions, Paul Tasong in an exclusive interview granted Cameroon Tribune indicated that the security situation in the two regions had improved tremendously. He said that despite sporadic attacks recorded, there was a general trend towards appeasement. Indeed, the number of confrontations between the security forces and armed separatist fighters have greatly reduced compared to the situation in 2018/ 2019 when the crisis got to the apex.
Notwithstanding, the drive towards relative security, the armed separatist fighters have in recent times developed targeted attacks particularly  against defence and security forces. The two cases in point are the attacks in Bamessing Ndop in Ngoketunjia Division on September 12, 2021 and that of Kikiikom in Bui Division that caused the death of 15 soldiers, several civilians and the damage of three vehicles. Prime Minister Dion Ngute decried this situation and described it as an emerging trend of violent armed gangs engaging in more elaborate attacks with advanced weaponry. These isolated groups, Chief Joseph Dion Ngute said, are planning and executing improvised explosive device attacks and ambush, leading to casualties among the security and personnel, kidnap of civil servants, violent attack of sacred places of worship, public markets, local businesses and highway banditry leading to the disruption of the lives of residents.

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