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October 10, 2008

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Nanje

Great historical piece and nice analysis of the Limbe heist. Quite different from other analyses elsewhere.

dango tumma

MR DIBUSSI,
BUT YOU DIDNT MENTIONED THE FACT THAT THESE
BANDITS ARE FRENCH-CAMEROUNESE, SINCE THE
BANK GUARDS SAID THE BANDITS SPOKE FRENCH,
THAT SUGEST THAT THERE WERE FROM DOUALA.
AND VICTORIA, IS NOT THE OLY PLACE IN SOUTHERN CAMEROONS AKA AMBAZONIA, THAT LOOKS
LIKE A PLACE WHERE TIME HAVE LEFT BEHIND, ALL SOUTHERN CAMEROONS LOOKS LIKE THAT. IN FACT, BIG SHIPS USED TO DOCK RIGHT THERE IN VICTORIA,BEFORE YOU WERE BORN, AIRPLANE USED TO LAND AT TIKO AIRPORT FROM LONDON,
TIKO USED TO EXPORT BABNASS TO SWEDEN. WHAT
IS THE DIFFERENCE? THE DIFFERENCE AND ONE COMMONALITY TO THE FRENCH CAMEROUN ILLEGAL OCCUPATION AND COLONISATION IS THAT ALL COLONIZERS ALWAYS. IMPOVERISH THEIR SUBJECTS, TERRORIZED THEM WITH ALL KINDS OF MILITARY, THIS IS NOT MEANT FOR THE SECURITY OF THE VICTIMS, AMBAZONIANS, BUT TO CONSTANTLY INTIMIDATE THEM INTO SUBMISSION, SOO , FRENCH CAMEROUN COULD CONTINUE TO EXPLOIT SONANRA, CDC, PAMOL ETC
TO ETERNITY, MEANWHILE TOSE WHO HAVE EYES BUT DONT SEE, WOULD ALWAYS DANCE AROUND THIS EVIL SUBJECTS, EVEN SONS OF THE VICTIMS. JUST TO BE LIKED BY THE COLONIZERS.
ASK YOUR SELF, WHY DID THE FRENCHCAMEROUN
BANDITS NOT ROB ,BANKS IN DOUALA? OR NEARBY FRENCH CAMEROUN OWNED BANKS IN VICTORIA,? YOU KNOW. THE STATE OF SOUTHERN CAMEROONS HAD RESERVES IN MILLIONS OF POUNDS IN 1961? IN MARKETING BOARD, POWERCAM. PWD. PORT AUTHORITY ETC, WHAT HAPPENED WITH OUR MONEYS? THE SAME FRENCH CAMEROUN BANDITS STOLE EVERY THING AWAY.
THATS ANOTHER WAY TO WEAKEN US AND IMPOVERISH US. SOO, THE ILLEGAL COLONIZATION OF SOUTHERN CAMEROONS BY FRENCH CAMEEROUN IS TIE TO EVERY THING THAT HAPPEN IN SOUTHERN CAMEROONS ,YOU CAN SEOERATE THAT, SINCE THEY ARE THE ONES IN
CONTROL OF SOUTHERN CAMEROONS, IF YOU WANT TO SEE VICTORIA, BOOM, EXPRESSWEAYS LINKING VICTORIA AND KUMBA TO MAMFE ANDBAMENDA, THEN YOU WOULD BE CRAZY TO NOT
TO SUPPORT WITHALL YOUR HEART THE COMPLETE
CONTROL AND INDEPEDENCE OF SOUTHERN CAMEROONS AKA AMBAZONIA .

akamembulle

The sad news of this armed banditism in our long time comfortable and touristic town is so hard to come to terms. There are so many unanswered questions surrounding the whole event and I personally strongly blieve it will not be an act of exageration if one directly point an accussing fingers to the regime. The pre-modial objective of every government in the world is to safeguard the security of its citizens and those duelling in it.Something the Cameroon government has vehemently failed to do.The appointment of ministers and directors into various positions should be a matter of merits and not how patriotic,loyal or so attached an individual is towards the Head of State.Unfortunately this is what is currently happening in Cameroon where people are appointed into government positions not because they aquire the necessary skills and abilities but judging on how patriotic, loyal and how often an individual attend CPDM rallies and singing Mr Biya's praises.This has massively resulted to a profound deficiency, corruption and mediocrecy in government structures.
It is very rediculous and an abject display of ignorance and narrow minded that a so-called government minsiter of Defence will boldly announce that the government was tipped about the occurence of the said armed robbery, without telling the Cameroonian people the kind of solid precautionary measures he put in place to counter such banditism.Rather he stupidly and shallow mindedly transfers his dismal failures to the banks security lapses.Whose responsibilities is there to provide security around the banks and its environs?
Where were the marines that have got the prime duty to patrol national waters? least to mention the so-called Rapid Inervention Units who are merely stationed at Man-O War Bay not even to talk of the police and the gendarmerie who are just a stone through the Beach. Cameroonians will be delighted if they are informed of the citeria followed by the government to award medals, epaulettes and ranks to their officers.A general,National Police Delegate or minister of Defence is some one whose instructions places his elements at alert at any hour, whether day or night.The Limbe incident has therefore unequivocally exposed the Cameroon security lapses.It will serve the people of Cameroon great justice if Mr Ze Meka, National Police Delegate, The Generals for infantry and that of Marine Nationale all tender their immdiate resignations.Failure for which the CPDM should drastically be punished in the on comming presidential elections.You can't be talking of a comfortable home when one of your child is sick. A lack of proper security in Limbe is a lack of proper security in the entire Cameroon.
Our greatest fear is that let they not come back tomorrow and inform us that Amity Bank is heading towards liquidation. Our poor parents and tax payers wil always become the victimes.
God help liberate my people from these unscrupulous so-called policy makers in Cameroon.

Mindo

Cameroon beefs up security on Gulf of Guinea coast (Reuters)
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The September 28 attack on the town of Limbe shocked the central African oil producer and triggered calls for urgent measures to defend its 360 km (225-mile) coastline.

It was at least the third sea-borne raid of its kind in less than a year on Gulf of Guinea neighbours of Nigeria, Africa's top oil producer, where the government is fighting a war against Niger Delta militants who often use fast launches to attack.

Equatorial Guinea and Benin have reported similar raids.

Speaking during a visit to Limbe on Sunday, Cameroon's prime minister, Ephraim Inoni, said the raid had surprised the country's security forces, who he said were under-staffed and poorly equipped to deal with such a threat from the sea.

"That is why we have decided to create a maritime brigade in Limbe, increase the number of forces of law and order there, and to launch radar surveillance of our coastline," he said.

Inoni said the government had decided to put in place similar reinforced maritime brigades at Douala, the country's main port, and at Kribi in the south, the export terminal for the 170,000-barrel per day Chad-Cameroon crude oil pipeline.

It had bought speedboats for additional coastal patrols.

Last month's raiders on Limbe, described as "suspected pirates" by Cameroon state radio, shot dead a local driver and used explosives to blast their way into banks, seizing large sums of money. They barricaded roads into the town, repelled Cameroonian soldiers and shot up the local prefect's office.
...
http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnJOE49C0S1.html

Ma Mary

The Camerounese occupation regime in the Southern Cameroons is engaged in the exercise of extraction of resources for its own benefit. Protection of the Southern Cameroons people is not of priority.

The purpose of all that fire power on Southern Cameroons occupied territory is to silence dissent and independence movements. Case in point, the vigorous and brutal fashion with with these same forces that turned their tails and ran in Victoria treated peaceful elderly Southern Cameroonian activists less than a week ago.

Case in point, the violent crackdown by Camerounese forces on unarmed Southern Cameroonian students demonstrating at the University of Buea.

According to Dibussi's account, these forces were nowhere to be found when an armed group showed up in Victoria.

This is essentially a hopeful sign because it indicates that a well-armed and motivated Southern Cameroons army should be able to send this occupation army with its hifalutin acronyms parking.

The Southwesterner

Ma Mary,
I agree with you, the success of such an operation raises a HUGE question as to the effectiveness of our security network.

But again, what makes you HOPE that a splintered movement can run a well-armed and motivated wing?

Who is dreaming? YOU or I

dango tumma

southeasterner
again who can prove that a splintered movement cannot run a well armed and motivated movement? no body
ypu are the dreamer, that the status quo
must be maintain at all cost.

Ma Mary

Southwesterner, the splintering to which you refer is more illusory than real. I would of course, not reveal to you right here the simple solution. The insertion of that solution into play is just be a simple matter of time, and when that happens, folks like yourself would line up for roles.

Martine

Cameroon says pirates repulsed in border peninsula
Sun 19 Oct 2008, 17:15 GMT

[-] Text [+] By Tansa Musa

YAOUNDE, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Cameroon's security forces beat back an attack by pirates in waters off the Bakassi peninsula bordering Nigeria at the weekend, sinking one of their speedboats, the defence ministry said on Sunday.

An armed group that says it is fighting for compensation for Nigerian settlers of Bakassi forced to leave the peninsula when it was handed back to Cameroon in August, said its fighters were involved in Saturday's clash near Jabane.

Africa's top oil producer Nigeria formally handed over control of Bakassi to Cameroon in line with a 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) order. The peninsula is reported to have significant untapped oil reserves.

The little-known Niger Delta Defence and Security Council (NDDSC), which has claimed previous attacks this year on Cameroonian soldiers in Bakassi, denied the defence ministry's assertion that one of its boats was sunk in the gunfight.

"None of our boys was hurt, all our boats returned safely to base," NDDSC commander Ebi Dari told Reuters. He said the Cameroonian soldiers had opened fire first on the group.

Cameroon's defence ministry said no casualties were reported on the Cameroon army side.

About 50 people have been killed in violence in Bakassi in the past year, including attacks on Cameroonian soldiers.

Dari repeated a threat by the NDDSC to make Bakassi "ungovernable" and turn it into "another Darfur" if Cameroon did not release two of its fighters captured in July and pay compensation to Nigerians forced to leave the territory following the handover to Cameroon on August 14.

Before this, 90 percent of the population in the Bakassi peninsula, estimated at 200,000 to 300,000, were Nigerian fishermen and their families. Bakassi leaders and Nigerian lawmakers say they do not want to become Cameroonians.

Nigeria has offered to resettle them.

Nigeria and Cameroon fought over Bakassi in 1994. The ICJ gave Bakassi to Cameroon in a 2002 ruling, based largely on a 1913 treaty between former colonial powers Britain and Germany.

Saturday's clash occurred a week after the Gulf of Guinea neighbours agreed to work together to protect their land and sea border from raids by militants and pirates and to fight illegal trafficking of arms, drugs, oil products and migrants.

Authorities in Nigeria are fighting a war against Niger Delta militants who often use fast launches to attack army posts and oil installations, sometimes striking at ships and rigs far out to sea in the Gulf of Guinea.

Cameroon is worried about this violence spilling over into its own territory. Gunmen in speedboats in late September attacked the coastal town of Limbe, robbing four banks and killing one person. Equatorial Guinea and Benin have reported similar seaborne raids over the last year

Worried about insecurity, the navies of the United States, which imports more than 15 percent of its oil from the Gulf of Guinea, and other Western countries have stepped up visits to the area. (Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Matthew Jones)

red flag

does a president have a right to unilaterally wake up one morning and say ,
np i want the name of this or that town to be called this or that?
i dont think soo, especially without the vote of the own people, the issue of a town concerns the town people and not any president, soo paul biya is just a racist who is simplying implementing his frenchification to british southern cameroons, to eradicate our heritage,
he said this in france, and did it in NYOS, HE CUT OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LENGTH TO SIX, OUR ANGLOSAXONN HERITAGE WHICH HE OR HIS FRENCH ADVISERS HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF, BUT ARE WICKEDLY FULLY IN HOLDEN TIGHT. FOR TOTAL DESTRUCTION,
THIS ISNT CULTURAL GENOCIDE WHAT IS IT? WHATS SOUTHERN CAMEROONS WITHOUT THE NAME VICTORIA?
OUR BUEA ARCHIVE HAD BEEN LOOTED AND MANY HISTORICAL DOCUMENT BURNT BY AHIJO AND BIYA. HOW CAN ANY EDUCATED MAN ON THIS PLANET REFUTE SUCH PAINFUL ACTS AND SAY TO LEAVE IT FOR ANOTHER DAY?
PAUL BIYA , AHIJO AND HIS FRENCHIES ARE
A BORN IN THE ASS OF BRITISH SOUTHERN CAMEROONS, THERE ARE A CANCER ON OUR LUNGS. THEY ARE THE MONSTER THATS STANDING ON OUR WAY? HOW CAN A PEOPLE STAY FOR 45 YEARS WITHOUR BOARDING A PLANE ON THEIR SOIL TO LONDON OR ANOTHER COUNTRY, SOMETHING THEY HAD BEEN DOING BEFORE? BECAUSE PAUL BIYA AND AHIJO SAYS NO. PEOPLE WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. THERE IS NOTHING DANGERIOUS THAN TO DECIEVE YOURSELF...

UnitedstatesofAmerica

@ red flag

You forgot to type in CAPS LOCK? I can see how you started in small letters and then frantically switched to bold. Hahahahahahha


You are truly a madman.

red flag

Since one make a typo error. he automatically became a mad man....
thats the french-cameroun mindset of yours
I wont call you a mad man for all your nonsense you have been posting here, but
you surelly cant compare your intellect with mine.

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