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Cameroon: Insecurity affects Christmas in Bamenda

The high level of insecurity in the restive NW and SW Regions of Cameroon has affected one of the most celebrated feasts in the NW Region of Cameroon.

In a press release sent out to media houses in Bamenda, on December 20 2017, the Senior Divisional Officer of Mezam, Songa Pierre Rene, has banned the use of petards commonly known as “knockout” and has restricted the movement of motorbikes from 9 PM to 5 AM.

He also reminded the proprietors of on and off licenses to respect closing hours “all proprietors of on and off licenses who wish to organise any joyous event above the regulatory time must submit an application for authorization.”

On November 8th, 2017, the SDO of Mezam Division, Songa Pierre Rene prohibited the circulation of persons, cars and motorcycles within Bamenda town from 10 pm to 5 am from November 8th-23rd, 2017. Coming on the heels of the brutal shooting to death of two Gendarme Officers on duty on the night of Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, he also stressed that all business and public places shall remain closed within the same period.

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