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Kumba-Cameroon: Governor's Curfew Lands Police Commissioner In Trouble

Moves to implement the 72 hours curfew which Southwest Governor imposed on the Region last weekend has landed the Commissioner of the Kumba Central Police Station, Wilson Njume Njikang, in trouble.

Accusations have emerged tagging the Police Commissioner’s name to the killing of a protester, Basil Enongone on Saturday, September 30 in Fiango.

But his collaborators say such reports are meant to blackmail the police boss

Njume surfaced at the Fiango neighbourhood alongside Meme SDO, Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong on Saturday September 30 to observe the population response to the curfew.

A group of protesters descended to the streets and few  minutes after the administrator and Commissioner left,  a casualty was reported at the scene as soldiers came dispersing the crowd.

Hours after news of the shooting of Enongene broke, the SDO informed the Commissioner to confirm the reports from the field.

Fast police movements were made to Hope Clinic and the victim was later identified by the police at the Kumba District Hospital, KDH.

Social Media Sparks Investigation

A day after the Saturday incident, a controversial video on social media accusing the Commissioner of killing Enongene triggered rebuttal from the security forces.

A close aid of Njume, who spoke to The Post, said the video is an act of blackmail against the Commissioner.

The officer who opted for anonymity claimed that his boss succeeded in shutting down the Fiango Market and freeing travellers entering Kumba that Morning. “Njume was not dress in police uniform that morning as accusers claim,” he said.

The officer showed the pistol of the Commissioner with 12 bullets stating that if Njume shot a bullet throughout the curfew it would have been reasonable to accuse him.

Our source stated that all through the period of the curfew, police officers were not authorised to shoot. The same source stated that it was the military that effected shootings in response to provocations from certain neighbourhoods.

Police Suspect Prisoners

Our source revealed that so far investigations traced two suspects. The duo are said to be persons recently freed from the Kumba Principal Prison. Other police sources claim they might have been hired to defame the Police Commissioner.

The security investigator said from the video posted on social media, the suspects staged-managed a person and forced words into his mouth to say that it was the Commissioner who shot somebody.

Torture Accusations

While the police were yet to rest from the shooting incident, news went viral on social media that hundreds of detainees at the same police station were being tortured.

When The Post visited the police cells on October 4, only three persons where in detention

Police Condemn Blackmail

Since the accusations surfaced, security forces in Kumba have condemned what they say is rising blackmail against their job and family.

A handful of them who spoke to this reporter without authorisation are accusing Diaspora activist of conniving with locals on ground to attack the police.

In the case of the Commissioner, pictures of him and his family have gone viral on social media platforms generating diverse reactions.

 

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