Bernard Okalia Bilai, colonial administrator, has placed a curfew in the Southern Zone of Southern Cameroons. Hysterical of the recent happening in the Northern Zone of Southern Cameroons, that saw the marathon killing of three paramilitary, Okalia Bilai issued a communique on Friday November 10 2017, putting a number of abhorrent measures to pre-empt a similar happening in Southern Zone.
The preamble of the communique said the measures had been taken “considering some acts of terrorism perpetrated against the forces of law and order by barbaric terrorists hiding among the populations.”
Among the restrictions contained in the communique are the prohibition of the movement of commercial motorbikes from 7 pm to 6 am; and the suspension of all hunting activities with the use of firearms.
Firearms are also banned during traditional ceremonies; the sale of firearms and ammunitions are also prohibited, with owners of firearms to present themselves to the authorities.
Opinion holders in the Southern Zone see the measures as largely unproductive, calling on the root cause of the crisis to be handled.
“For how long will La République du Cameroun (LRC) continue to waste tax payer’s money on taking unnecessary repressive measures? We cannot pretend forever. The core issue here is there must be an inclusive and pacific dialogue to solve this problem. So I see this measure taking by Okalia as a window-dressing,” Mpalac Romanus, a Southern Cameroons denizen based in Buea County.
Meantime, motorbike riders in Menji, Nguti, Limbe, Wotutu, Tiko, Kumba, Buea, Njungo, Bafia, and many others, moved on with their activities unperturbed all-round the clock, over the weekend. Many of the riders say, the ban is null and void in their areas, for obvious reasons.
“We shall continue to ride and transport people with our bike 24/7. We don’t have vehicles that ply our roads due to its bad state. So will Okalia come transport our people to their various vicinities? We shall wait for anybody to come stop us here, then we shall have the 3rd world war (WWIII) here,” Richard Mokoko, a bike rider in Konye.
Meanwhile, the atmosphere in the Southern zone of Southern Cameroons remain the same 72 hours after the ban was effected. All activities seem to be going normally.
By Lucas Muma,
Managing Editor – BaretaNews