Cameroon forces ready for kidnappers in Adamawa
Following onslaught on hapless citizens by dreaded kidnappers, Cameroon Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, said on Monday that government forces had been ordered to “harshly” attack the kidnappers in the mountainous Adamawa region, local media reports said.
“The state has the will and the means to put things in order. The Head of State welcomes what we have done so far to neutralize most of these dangerous criminals. All law enforcement and administrative and judicial authorities must be brought together, “said Nji.
He added that President Paul Biya had sent him to the region to distribute gifts to the affected population and to hold working sessions with security authorities and administrative authorities.
“In the last 16 months, the local population has been the victim of all sorts of atrocities. President Paul Biya has given firm instructions for this criminal enterprise to end, “he said.
According to local authorities, approximately 300 abduction cases have been reported in the region in the past three years and at least CFAF 2 billion (approximately US $ 3.6 million) was paid in ransom and 5,000 stolen cows.
Last week, President Paul Biya deployed 130 special forces in the region to restore peace and order.