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Minister’s convoy battle gunmen on Kumba-Mamfe Road after voting

A convoy believed to be that of Special Duties Minister at Cameroon’s Presidency, Victor Arrey Mengot Nkongho, is reported to have overpowered gunmen along the Kumba-Mamfe Road as he returned from voting in Sunday’s Presidential poll in Manyu Division of the South West Region of Cameroon.

The National Times gleaned that the convoy left Mamfe under military escort at nightfall. The occupants of the vehicle were heading back to Buea and others to Yaounde after defying separatists’ threats to cast their vote.

Victor Arrey Mengot Nkongho

A source told The National Times that few meters after Nguti in Kupe-Muanenguba Division, the convoy started facing hurdles. Our source said, gunmen had felled trees blocking the road.

The same source said in the face of the seeming impasse, the security forces went to work. A military caterpillar was used to clear the road. Armoured cars which formed part of the convoy retaliated with bullets in quick succession in response to gunshots from the gunmen.

Emerging from the Nguti-stretch battle, the Minister’s convoy is said to have had an easy journey yet faced another hurdle around Ekona Village hundreds of meters away from Buea. The military again battled the attackers into retreating and the convoy entered Buea under the cover of darkness.

It was the second attack on the Minister’s team within the period of the Presidential election.

Days to the day of voting, gunmen staged an unsuccessful attack to frustrate the Minister from launching campaigns for candidate Biya on a CPDM ticket.

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