The main entrances into and out of Buea, the Regional capital of the South West Region, have been shut down by gunmen
From the Kumba end of the metropolis, the road blockade has been mounted at Muea and from Douala the end, the road has been blocked at Mile 16 by pro-independence fighters. The roads barricades were mounted at 4:00am this morning.
The pro-independence fighters stormed the neighbourhoods of Muea and Mile 16, the major gateways into Buea and started firing guns in the air.
The early hours’ gun exchanges paralysed movement into and out of Buea, as commuters remain stranded at the Mile 17 Motor Park.
As the gun exchanges intensified, travellers were forced to retreat from the Mile 17 Motor Park to their houses. The area is completely deserted with smoke emanating from Mile 16.
Eye witness account hold that “the military is yet to intervene….we are all indoors now and no vehicle is moving,” a source in Mile 16 told The National Times News.
The ongoing gun shots in Mile 16 and Muea has forced inhabitants of Buea to remain indoors and business premises shutdown with very few taxis in circulation. Meanwhile, taxis plying the Buea metropolis only transport commuters from Molyko to Buea Town and Bomaka. Muea and Mile 16 have been tagged as no go areas.
Activities at the Buea Central Market have also been halted as traders at the Market have been spotted leaving for the fear of the unknown.
One BIR Officer killed and Vehicles set ablaze
The National Times has gathered that an element of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) has reportedly been shot in Mile 16 by the gunmen. Reports say the BIR Officer was standing around the Mile 16 Market on guard before he was whacked by the gunmen.
Other elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion are spotted in their military vehicle at Mile 17 and yet to enter Mile 16.
Other reports hold that four vehicles have been set ablaze at the Mile 16 Main Market amongst which is a 70 seater Bus belonging to Musango Bus Service, but The National Times is still to ascertain the veracity of this report.
Watch the video Mile 16 this Tuesday September 11, 2018.
Two taxis and a Dyna truck have also set ablaze by the gunmen. The entire Mile 16, Mile 15 and Mile 14 neighbourhoods in Buea have been shutdown and denizens have remained in doors.
It should be noted that the Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, is currently in Yaoundé attending the Governors’ Conference called by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji.