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.

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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 ) Read more of this post

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French-kidnapped family still in the claws of Boko Haram

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French family facing hell

By Anthony Njie

Boko Haram Nigerian terrorists released a broadcast on March 18th 2012, showing a man, allegedly the father of the French family that was kidnapped recently in Northern Cameroon, pleading France  and Cameroon to “do all they can” as a bargain for their freedom.

Nigerian journalists received this video footage in which the victim, Tanguy Moulin-Fournie read a communiqué in French and English, painstakingly evoking the deplorable living conditions under which they have been kept for almost a month now.

In the footage, Moulin-Fournier ascertains they are in the hands of Jamaatu Ahlisunnah Lidda’awatiwal Jihad, the Arabic name for the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.

“We are loosing strength as days go by and we are already manifesting the first signs of an illness,” he stressed.” Water, heat, food and sleep in Africa under those conditions makes living a nightmare for whites and worse for the kids,” he lamented.

His plea to the French ambassador to Nigeria and the President of the Cameroon Paul Biya respectively hinges on a petition addressed by Boko Haram: “free political prisoners of the Islamist group found in Nigeria and Cameroon.”

The Moulin-Fournier family, made up of four children aged between 5-12 years was kidnapped on Febuary, 19th 2012 on a borderline between Nigeria and Cameroon. Five days later, individuals claiming affiliation with the terrorist group did an online-broadcast of a video footage of this family from an unidentified site.

Ngwane Hansel – It´s About Time (Standup Comedy Performance)

 

Ngwane Hansel is young Cameroonian and TV personality on the famous programme “The Hansel Show” on HI TV community station. He thrills the crowd with half an hour of pure intellectual stand up comedy. This is the height of English comedy from Cameroon and Africa as a whole. His funny actions and statements on scene give audiences a rush for uncontrollable laughter. The themes of his comedy are a social reflection of the realities Cameroonians face daily.It is an art work that appears to be the basis for a true entertainment industry here in the South West Region and in Cameroon in general.

Cameroon Dethrone Ghana In Women’s Football

Cameroon has dethroned Ghana as the second best African female football team on the continent.

According to the latest ranking released by the world governing football soccer  federation, FIFA  the Lionesses have migrated to the 50th position with their victory over the Black Stars of Ghana.

The latest ranking, which comes barely few days to this weekend’s Africa Women’s Championship (AWC) qualifier between Cameroon and Ghana, confirms the rising status of the former in the women’s game.

The first leg in Accra a fortnight ago ended one all and the Black Queens must win in Yaoundé to qualify for the AWC scheduled for Equatorial Guinea in November.

Also bound for the London 2012 Olympic Games together with South Africa, the Cameroonians strode to their highest ever position on the FIFA rankings, which places them behind Nigeria continentally.

The development adds to the dwindling fortunes of the Black Queens who have placed second fiddle to the Super Falcons since the institution of the rankings.

The Queens highest ever ranking was 48th position, achieved exactly four years ago.

Nigeria, the only African team in the world’s top 30 are ranked 27.

South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Senegal complete the top 10 ranked teams in Africa.

A group of unidentified armed robbers carried out an operation last Thursday June 12th, 2011 at about the hours of 9 pm in Biaka Street assaulting one Joseph Tasofore after his hard day at the office.
Joseph T. was back from his job site at the Family Federation Office in Molyko.They had had a brief meeting with the staff and he was about to go on trip to Bertoua.He narrates that as he stepped out of the car a gang of youngsters approached him. “They assaulted me with a gun, treathening to shoot if I dare shout.I said to myself I will not die in silence, so I shouted  at the peak of my voice. My wife and kid heard me so they carried on,”he painfully recalls the incident.The victim said, that gesture angered the thieves who began slashing his skin at random.”They fell on me, the first cut was on my hand, the second on my head and the third one on my face,”he explained while showing the spots.
The wife of the victim, Catherine Tasefore confessed hearing the dog seriously barking a few minutes prior to the assault but reluctantly thaught it was due to passers-by. Catherine said her attention was drawn by her daughter who told her:” Mumy some boys are bitting papa outside” She immediately rushed to the balcony and began shouting for help. Though these armed robbers treathened to shoot if she did not keep quiet, she said “I continued so they fired the gun fortunately it did not get at me”
Joseph T. said the armed robbers must have probably learnt that his son was back from the States that is why they came hoping to meet him at home. But he was here just for research with the Panafricaan institute and left a day ago to process his travelling documents in Yaounde. The thieves were said to have fled as soon the police was alerted. Joseph was rushed to the Mount Mary Hospital where he is gradually responding to medical treatment.

Veteran journalist and Executive Editor at the Post, Francis Wache in the early hours of Friday 13th 2011 was attacked by 6 hooded men in his compound.Francis was home after chairing a meeting for the next publication the Summit Magazine. While he was urinating outside, he said he saw a couple of youngsters brandishing cutlasses, sticks and guns moved towards him. They ordered him to keep quiete menacing of death if he dare open his mouth.They asked him to bring out the ssum of 2 millions FCFA he was keeping in his house but he boldly told them if he had such amount of money he would rather keep it in the bank than at home. This reply irritated the assaulters who immediately started slahing his hand with a matchet while insisting to get the 2 millions FCFA. Francis was forced to open the door of his house as he tried to lure them to a different room other than his own. But they were too smart to notice that thheir victim was out playing games with them so they bit him even more.” Itwas my daughter who managedto set off an alarm that was replicated by some neighbours which force these youngsters to flee. While leaving they admitted having being sent by someone and promised to come back any time soon,”he recalled.
Francis was taken to the Regional Hospital where he is responding to treatment. He said though he is yet to forward a formal complaint to the police about the natuure of the assault, a commissioner however paid him a visit in the morning during which he was drilled. Francis says his daughter and son were also hurt as they tried to call the police during that incident. Many believe the assaults have been committed by the same culprits, police investigations would throw more light  into the issue  soon

Government cuts down press subvention

The Government of Cameroon has cut down the financial package destined for private media organs in the country from FCFA 150 million to FCFA 135 million.The Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary,made the announcement in Yaounde, June 7 during a meeting with publishers and proprietors of private media firms.

The slash goes against the promises Tchiroma made last year that, he was working hard to step up the aid package to at least FCFA 200 million this year. It also contradicts the earlier claims of some members of Government who have been arguing against any increment, insisting that the FCFA 150 million was instituted by law.

The Minister said the purpose of the meeting was to disclose the sum at his disposal meant for the private press and to discuss, with promoters in the sector, on the procedure to share the money. He said the ministry was considering keeping part of the money for the training of some journalists who are still deficient in skills and also to purchase equipment for distribution to media organs.

According to the Minister, the gesture was an attempt to throw out accusations that part of the money was being embezzled by officials in his ministry. Commission members for the attribution of the aid have been accused of working in complicity with non-existent media organs to fraudulently syphon the aid.

The publishers and proprietors, on their part, told the Minister that the money should be distributed to them as usual and each organ would invest where it needs are most pressing. They held that the training of journalists is supposed to appear under entirely a different budgetary head in the Ministry of Communication. Others noted that it would cost the Government nothing to organise refresher courses for media practitioners across the country.

Accusing the Ministry for failing to state clearly the criteria used in distributing the money, some of the publishers and proprietors saw subjectivity in the conditions to be fulfilled by the media organs. Many complained that, contrary to initial declarations by the Minister that all media organs with up-to-date fiscal papers, are legible for the aid; they are still being sidelined, irrespective of the fact that press organs spend as much as FCFA 500 000 each, to fulfil the conditions.

Many speakers observed government’s hatred for the local press. Some disclosed that in neighbouring Cote D’Ivoire, the aid package to media organs, which are far less in number than than that of Cameroon , is FCFA 800 billion, while a similar amount is also given to the private press in countries like Senegal and Mali.

The giving out of adverts to foreign media organs to the tune of hundreds of millions by Government, to the detriment of the local media, was also condemned. It was alleged that the recent broadcast by Africa24 from Yaounde for a week, at the invitation of Government, took away FCFA 800 million of the tax payers’ money.

They observed that 2011, being an election year, the press was expecting more from government.Most press men interpreted this action as the political machinery to manipulate the press during this election year. Stating that he has listened attentively to the grievances of promoters of private media enterprises, Tchiroma said their efforts cannot be undermined, considering that their activities leads to job creation in the country.
Government’s failure to assist the press, he explained, is as a result of inadequate resources. Promising that a special account for subventions to private media would soon be a reality, Tchiroma argued that,the Government’s choice to place an advert in foreign media is a way to lure investors.