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Cameroon/Anglophone Crisis: Three in US Court for suspected trafficking of firearms to NW/SW

By Bizel-Bi Mafor

Alleged separatist movement supporters struggling for the independence of the North West and South West regions of Cameroon are said to have been arrested in Maryland by the US District.

Alambi Walters, Mums Tamufoh Nchumulh St Michael and Edith Ngang nicknamed Ma Ngang are said to have been charged on counts of illegal sale and export of arms by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

Ngang and her collaborators are accused of knowingly and willfully, combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with others, known and unknown to the United States Attorney for the Maryland District to commit crimes against the United States as charged by the Attorney.

The crime was committed from around November 2017, until at least July 2019 in the district or Maryland and elsewhere, according to court notices signed by the Acting United States Attorney for Maryland, Jonathan F. Lezner.

39 firearms, 45 magazines and at least 39,000 rounds of ammunition of various makes, models and calibers, are all defense articles included on the United States Munitions List for export from the United States to Nigeria, without having first obtained from the Department of state a license or written authorization for such export.

The charges against these three Cameroonians come a week after the USA announced visa restrictions on individuals the US believes to be “responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.” 

It also follows claims that English speaking separatist fighters have been using firearms and weapons smuggled into Cameroon through Nigeria.

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