Presidential Guard Kills Suspect Burglar

Anthony Njie, Tazo Agbor* & Hugues L.T.Kamga*

A presidential guard, July 18, shot dead a young man of about 20, following a burglary attempt at the newly constructed grand stand for Reunification celebrations in Buea, Southwest Region.

The youngster, who was identified only as Nji – a DJ and bar tender in a popular pub in Buea Town, and three others, reportedly armed with machetes and clubs, gained access to the grand stand through the rear at about 3 a.m.

They reportedly forced open the door of a compartment where material is stored and started gathering some of the expensive equipment therein. The guard on duty who spoke off the record said he took over from his colleague at about 1 a.m when it was raining heavily and, after sometime, he decided to patrol the area according to routine.

He said some unusual noise coming from the back of the grand stand caught his attention. “I immediately rushed to the warehouse with my flashlight then, bingo! I saw four people,” the guard said. He said as soon as the four charged at him, he fired his gun in the air to scare them. At the sound of the gun, the guard said they turned around and took to their heels and he ran after them, asking them to stop or he would shoot.

“I fired at them when they wouldn’t stop,” the guard told his colleagues at about 8 a.m that morning. He said he brought down one of them while three escaped. “I was compelled to open fire when they kept running; unfortunately, he was perhaps the youngest among them,” he said expressing sorrow to the deceased’s family, but added that it served as proof to his hierarchy of the recurrent thievery they have been reporting.


Guard pulling out corpse of suspect thief from where he was shot

Guard pulling out corpse of suspect thief from where he was shot

learnt that there was a similar burglary a few months ago and the thieves made away with stacks of window panes and electrical materials. After a post-mortem was carried out on the deceased body and it was identified as Nji – a boy who grew up around the Military Camp at Long Street in Buea. His remains were then taken to the Buea Regional Hospital mortuary. The police have opened investigations to track down the other three suspects. (*National Polytechnic and UB Journalism Students )


About Cameroon this week
I am a Cameroonian from the south west region, currently concluding my studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Buea. I have a special interest in reporting news about social events.

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