Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Security Forces Are Searching For The 160 Ndop Prison Escapees

In Cameroon, security forces are still searching for the 160 or so prisoners who escaped in the night of Saturday to Sunday, in favor of attack of their prison in the English-speaking region of the north-west of the country by armed men.

This is the first escape of so many prisoners following the attack on a prison facility since the outbreak of the crisis in the English-speaking region of Cameroon.

"This Sunday, July 29, 2018, armed individuals estimated at fifty have stormed the prison of Ndop," said William Emvoutou Benedict, prefect of the department of Ngog-Etundja which Ndop is the capital.

According to a judicial source in north-western Cameroon, the public prosecutor went on the spot and found that "the majority of the 165 detainees escaped".

The detainees who could not escape were transferred to Bamenda Prison, on the orders of the North-West District Prosecutor.

Security in Cameroon's two English-speaking regions, the Northwest and the South West, has deteriorated considerably since the end of 2017.

Fighting there has become almost daily between security forces and armed separatists calling for the creation of security forces. an independent English-speaking state.

This increasingly violent armed conflict in the English-speaking zone and the one against the jihadist group Boko Haram in the north of the country could disrupt the presidential election scheduled for 7 October. President Paul Biya, 85 years old, 35 in power, is running for a seventh term