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Why Gov’t has re-enforced arms embargo in Anglophone Regions

The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, has maintained the ban on the sales of arms and ammunitions in the North West and South West Regions, but lifted the ban on the sales of fire arms and ammunitions in the eight other Regions of Cameroon.

Minister Atanga Nji’s decision went into force from September 6, 2018, at the end of a meeting with arm dealers in Yaoundé, which he (Paul Atanga Nji) chaired.

Paul Atanga Nji

The decision comes five months after Government imposed a nationwide suspension on the activity.

“I want to insist here that the ban is however maintained in the North West and South West Regions where socio-political upheavals threaten national security”, reiterated.

The President of the Association of Arms Dealers in Cameroon, Fernand Belibi, expressed gratitude to the Head of State and the Minister for lifting the suspension, which he said negatively affected their commercial activities.

The Minister added that there will be a meticulous control in the sales of arms in the country. The arms dealers were requested to scrupulously respect the regulations in arm sales in Cameroon.

The arms dealers are also expected to ensure that all sales are registered and store managers will produce weekly reports to the administrative authorities.

According to the Minister, the reports submitted by the arm dealers would contain; an exhaustive list of the number of weapons and ammunitions sold, complete identities of the buyers of weapons and ammunition and details on the quantity and characteristics weapons and ammunition.

The understanding between the Minister and the arms dealers is to enable the Government watch over the usage of weapons. The Minister added that the measures taken also apply to hunting guns and ammunition.

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