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After Killing of Pupil in Buea: South West Governor prescribes calm, say perpetrators will be punished



South West Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai has told the population of Buea that, the government will take appropriate actions to punish the perpetrators of the killing of a school pupil in Buea in the early hours of Thursday, October 14.

Speaking shortly after the population marched to his office with the corpse of the little girl, the Governor noted that all those at the control post at the time of the incident will face the strong hand of the law and justice must prevail while calling on them to remain calm.

"Early this morning, at police, gendarme checkpoint, a Gendarme officer stopped a car and the car refused to stop. He opened fire, against the car and we don't know why. In the cause of that incident, a child who was being accompanied to school died"

"The population jumped and molested the gendarme who is in a critical state. Some are saying he is dead, others he is alive. But we will see", Governor Okalia Bilai noted.

After beating the military man concerned, the angry mob paraded the streets with the corpse of the pupil, blocking traffic circulation and stopping security checkpoints mounted along the streets of Buea.

The killing of the primary one girl has angered people both far and near asking why a security official will stop a car by shooting at it.

The population finally settled at the Molyko Omnisport stadium where they received pacifying words from the Bishop of Buea Diocese, Mgr Michael Bibi, other religious authorities, and Senator Mbella Moki Charles.

South West Governor speaking on the incident says; "I can reassure them that those who are at the origin of this will be punished according to the regulation in force because we don't know what took that gendarme to open fire."

"Some of his colleagues ran for safety but they should note that this action must be punished. That I can promise", he concluded

In a fervent call, Governor Okalia Bilai says the population should maintain calm and not allow secessionist fighters to infiltrate their midst.

The killing of the girl has aroused fresh sentiments about other killings carried out in the North West and South West regions around police checkpoints.

The English-speaking regions of Cameroon have seen an increase in security presence since the anglophone crisis morphed into an armed conflict in 2017.

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