Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tension Mounts in Menchum as Clash Between Nigerian Grazers and Farmers Go Deadly, One Killed, Several Wounded

An atmosphere of uncertainty now looms in Baworo a border village in Mechum Valley in the North West Region of Cameroon following a bloody confrontation between villagers and Nigerian grazers  According to information gathered some herdsmen suspected to be of Nigerian origin have attacked and killed a farmer. Sources say the grazers had sophisticated weapons that the farmers could not withstand during the bloody confrontation. The bloody confrontation which involved some four villages around Baworo classified sources linked the Benakuma council has also left many villagers sustaining serious injuries. The Mayor of benakuma, Num Elias is quoted to have said that those wounded in the clashes are currently receiving treatment at a local hospital in Baworo. Allegedly, the SDO for Menchum, DO for Menchum Valley and the commander of the sixth military Batallon Bamenda are on the field to evaluate the damages. 

It should be recalled that some months ago, the Mayor of Benakuma Council decried that Nigerian grazers had invaded his municipality and he also alerted that they have been looting farms as well as raping women. Over 5000 cattle were reported to have invaded the wetlands in that municipality. It is feared that this incident could lead to the invasion of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram. A confidential source the bloody confrontation  has caused hundreds of villagers to flee their homes. 

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