Limbe (National Times)-Administrators and a detachment of security forces in Fako Division, South West Region of Cameroon have denied the country’s Social Democratic Front (SDF) opposition kingpin John Fru Ndi access to the national Oil Refinery Corporation (SONARA).
Fru Ndi touched town on Limbe early Thursday June 13th with the intention of visiting the site of a May 31st inferno that destroyed 4 of the company’s 13 installation.
After a courtesy call at the office of the Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) for Fako Division Fru Ndi was told that, he could not visit SONARA. Administrative authorities told the firebrand politician that, he could not visit the burnt site given that it was under investigation. The SDO Emmanuel Engamba Ledoux was nowhere to be found at the time Fru Ndi visited. The chairman said Engamba had escaped his office.
Fru Ndi rather told the administration that, he didn’t come to take permission. He said , his stop over at the administrator’s office was to inform them that he was within their administrative unit.
Despite such, Fru Ndi was told that, instructions from hierarchy was to the effect that, he should not be given access to the refinery
When the SDF chairman insisted on heading towards SONARA, a detachment of armed military officers mounted barricades on the road. The SDF chairman told the security officers that, he was not afraid of bullets.
In the face of Fru Ndi’s insistence, elements of security and the Divisional Officer of Limbe II informed him that, they were merely executing orders from above.
Fru Ndi said he had called the Prime Minister on phone on Wednesday before coming to Limbe. He furthered that, the Prime Minister advised him to pass through the office of the SDO. According to Fru Ndi, the SDO escaped and allowed his assistant to receive him.
Before now, the politician had wrestled security officers at the Fako SDO’s office to recover the cameras and gadgets of journalists seized in the course of his visit.
At the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), the top management had reportedly escaped from their offices. After the challenging Limbe lap, the chairman left Limbe for Muyuka. While in Muyuka, he intended to visit the relatives of the four-month old baby Martha shot dead on May 20.He is currently in Kumba from where he will leave for Bamenda.