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Ngarbuh Massacre: Cameroon Government Takes Blame, What Next?

Ngarbuh Massacre: Cameroon Government Takes Blame, What Next?

When president Paul Biya called for a probe into the 14 February massacre in Ngarbuh, it was not certain if results were going to be different from the preliminary investigations made by the government a few days after the killings.

The government initially described the allegations against Cameroonian security forces as “fake”, saying that such accusations were “outrageous and misleading”.

However, the results of the Massacre has given hope that other independent investigations on military excesses in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon could follow.

According to, the findings published on Tuesday, security forces killed civilians, tried to conceal their actions by starting fires and then submitted a false report on the incident.

Members of the civil society and opinion leaders have begun mounting pressure on the government to open an independent investigation into the alleged military atrocities in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

Family members of victims who have suffered this reported violence in the English speaking regions of Cameroon equally want justice for their loved ones.

Other alleged military violation of human rights in the troubled regions of English Cameroon equally need a probe, analysts say.  Violations such as the murdering of a man who released information to UN on Ngarbuh Massacre, killing of breastfeeding mother and other civilians in babanki, shooting of civilians to death and burning of corpses in Bali, Brutal killing of months-old baby Martha in Muyuka, Mass killings in Pinyin, Bole – Bakund, Ndian, Kupe – Muanenguba, slaughtering of physically challenged persons in Belo, Kumba and lootings, rape, burning of villages and schools in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon.

Opposition leader, Professor Maurice Kamto says only an international, independent inquiry will reveal the whole truth about Ngarbuh and other massacres in Anglophone Cameroon.

Despite an appeal from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19, the war in the troubled English speaking regions of Cameroon has not stopped. Reports say the violence in the region has continued amid the pandemic and citizens are living in fear as the try to protect themselves from the war and the virus.

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