The convoy of the North West Regional Governor was ambushed by Pro-independence fighters yesterday Tuesday August 14, 2018 at Mbenjeh quarter in Babungo, Ngoketunjia Division in the North West Region of Cameroon.
The surprised persistent gun exchanges between the security forces and Pro-independent fighters compelled the Governor’s convoy to retreat to three corners junction in Babungo to re-strategized before embarking on their journey to Banso accompanied by some commercial transport vehicles that served as safety for the Governor’s convoy.
Reports say the heavily armed convoy of the Governor heading to Banso was intercepted leading to sporadic gun shots between the security forces and Pro-independent fighters, The National Times learnt.
The incident is reportedly to have paralyzed movements of cars and persons along the Babungo – Babessi, Babungo-Oku and Babungo-Bamuka high way roads for hours. Shops were reportedly shot down spontaneously as well.
The fierce battle between the Pro-independent fighters and government security forces forced many locals especially young, strong and able body boys to escaped to bushes and hinterlands because of fear of military re-enforcement that could leads to indiscriminate arrests and shooting.
Unconfirmed reports say nine civilians may have been killed and among other possibly recorded by some security forces during the two separate gun exchanges at Mbenjeh and Babungo-Oku road.
After hours of tension and sporadic gun shots, relative calm is said to have returned to Babungo but locals are still in a state of fear and many are said to have left Babungo for fear of the unknown.