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Gov’t begins investigating second video on extra-judicial killings

Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson, says Government has begun investigating the posting of videos on internet accusing the country’s army of gruesome killings in the ongoing efforts to maintain the territorial integrity of the country, especially in the Far North, North West and South West Regions that are plagued by conflicts.

According to Minister Tchiroma, the authors of the videos are people of “very bad faith and a hidden agenda.”

Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s Minister of Communication

Speaking to the press on Thursday, August 16, 2018, Minister Tchiroma said “we are at the eve of Presidential election on October 7, 2018 and the broadcast of the videos is tantamount to manipulation in order to bring the people to discredit the army.”

He insisted that the authors of the videos just want to tarnish the image of the army and the name of the Commander-In-Chief of the Army because he is going to run for the Presidential election.

He, however, disclosed that Government acknowledges the existence of the second video.

“In compliance with the implementation of unwavering instructions given by the Head of State, an investigation is opened and at the end of it, we will determine the responsibility of the army in case it is demonstrated that this gruesome action has been committed by a handful of the elements of our army,” he said.

He cited the Far North Region where the army is fighting Boko Haram that intends to truncate part of the territory in order to form their alleged Caliphate.

The second front is in the North West and South West Regions where people “ antagonistic to the Constitution and the law of the nation, who became rebels to institutions have decided to resort to guns in order to destabilise, disrupt the smooth going of the nation and even divide the two Regions of our nation in order to form what they call their own country.”

He assured the defence and security forces involved in these wars of unconditional support.

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