The Social Democratic Front, SDF, district in Buea has raised concerns over the increased militarisation of Buea, and the subsequent brutal treatment of lawyers and students by the police men.
“Buea, the chief town of former Southern Cameroons has out of a sudden in recent days been made to appear like a war zone” The statement stated, maintaining that increment in the number of armed men has made people to live in fear.
The SDF district release holds that, the trouble all started when the governor of the South West region brought in “strange police who came to confront lawyers”. They went further to decry the fact lawyers were chased and beaten like criminals from their chambers and homes.
“These are gentlemen who could have been attended to by the head of the legal department in Buea, or the Governor” They said, maintaining that “It is unheard of that Police beat up Lawyers with baton sticks in this peaceful Anglophone town which had had a government before unification.”
The SDF district chair noted that the climax of the brutalities came on Monday November 28, when “the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea could not amicably solve students’ problems.
Buea SDF chair, regrets that, students who were initially summoned for tests were beaten away from their campus, chased into Molyko, and to homes where their rooms were broken into. This resulted in the damaged property as well as many left wounded.
They decry that even after beating and wounding students, the students were not taken to hospitals to be treated, but instead ferried to Police and Gendarme offices for more beating and questioning.
They regretted that from the ‘old GCE Board Junction to the Total Petrol Station after UB Entrance, armed men are lined up on both sides of the roads in great numbers as if there was a Guard of Honour’
The District chair beckoned on government to stop brutalising citizens, and to solve the Anglophone problem once and for all.