Terrorism: Nigerian Community Threatens To Leave For Cameroon

Following frequent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, some community leaders in Madagali, Adamawa state, have threatened that their people would relocate to neighbouring Cameroon.

Speaking during a presentation of relief materials by NEMA to those affected by recent attacks on Gulak town, the headquarters of the council on Thursday, the community leaders expressed disatisfation with the situation adding that distribution of food to the affected communities was not their ”top priority.”

Yusuf Muhammad, chairman of the council, said security of lives and property was their major concern.

”Our top priority in Madagali local Government Area is that we need security not food. Government, as matter of urgency should bring lasting solutions to stop excessive attacks and destruction on our people. If the deadly attacks continue, we have no other alternative rather than to relocate to Cameroon Republic,” Mr. Muhammed said.

He complained that the people of the area, ”were more affected by the insurgency and yet were neglected as if they were not Nigerians.”

The council boss said insurgents lived just three kilometres away from Madagali area and this was why they (sect) find it easy to attack the community.

He urged the government to deploy more soldiers to the area to protect the people.

Binta Garba, an APC Senator at the event, confirmed what the council chairman said as ”true.”

Mrs. Garba said both Madagali and Michika local government areas were neglected in terms of Federal government intervention.

”Are we really part of Nigeria,? If yes; Government should prove to us and treat us as Nigerians,” the senator said.

Responding, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Abdulazeez Nyako, thanked the council chairman for his frankness.

Mr. Nyako assured the people of the area that he would table the matter when he returned to the senate.

Mustafa Maihaja, Director General of NEMA, who was represented by an air commodore, Sunday Ohemu, said the relief materials were part of the government’s intervention meant to bring succour to the community.

Three trucks loaded with assorted food and non-food items were presented to the community.

President Paul Biya Celebrates 35 Years In Office

President Paul Biya of Cameroon would be celebrating his 35th year in office today, November 11, 2017 making him one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.


Paul Biya first took office in 1982, when the country had a one party system and even though the country now has a multi-party system, he has managed to cling on to power.


In 2011, after a controversial rule change which allowed him to run again, he won another seven years in office, with 78% of the vote.  The landslide victory raised eyebrows among his opponents.


President Biya is part of a select group of African leaders who have ruled their countries for more than 30 years, with only Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Obiang Nguema in Equatorial Guinea in power longer.  The 84-year-old is expected to stand again next year.


Boko Haram: Suicide Bomber Kills 5 Children In Cameroon

The Suicide bomber described as a “young girl” killed Five children on Tuesday night and two others wounded by an in a northern region of Cameroon plagued by Boko Haram attacks, sources said Wednesday.

“The suicide bomber blew herself up (on Tuesday) at around 7.45 pm (1845 GMT)” in the village of Zamga, two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Nigerian border, said a security officer responsible for the zone, reached from the capital Yaounde.

“Five children were killed and two others wounded,” he said on condition of anonymity, adding that the suicide bomber was also killed in the blast.

The attack and the death toll were confirmed to AFP by another security source.

A group of children was playing when “a young girl slipped in” among them, triggering her explosive charge, the safety officer explained.

On Sunday and Monday, at least 20 people were killed in attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon.

Since 2014, when Cameroon went to war against Boko Haram, the jihadi group has killed “2,000 civilians and soldiers” and abducted “a thousand people” in the far north of the country, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).

Since its emergence eight years ago, Boko Haram has killed at least 20,000 people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Cameroon Deports 100,000 Nigerian Refugees

The rights group accused soldiers of deporting refugees escaping Islamist violence, as well as attacking and sexually exploiting them.

Cameroon is “punishing” refugees for Boko Haram attacks, HRW said.

Cameroon has rejected similar accusations previously, saying Nigerians have returned willingly.

“Since early 2015, the Cameroonian authorities have summarily deported at least 100,000 Nigerians living in remote border areas back to war, displacement and destitution in Nigeria’s Borno state,” HRW said in a report.

“In carrying out these deportations, Cameroonian soldiers have frequently used extreme physical violence.”

A soldier patrols near the scene of a suicide bomb attack on a market in Maiduguri, after two girls approximately seven or eight years old, blew themselves, killing themselves and wounding at least 17 others

Boko Haram militants have carried out attacks in north-east Nigeria, forcing residents to flee to Cameroon

A 43-year-old man from Borno state told the rights group that his brother had died of internal bleeding after Cameroonian soldiers beat him with a stick.

“They humiliated us like animals and beat us like we were slaves,” he said.

Earlier this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) criticised Cameroon for forcibly returning hundreds of refugees to north-east Nigeria.

It said the returns had “continued unabated”, despite the signing of an agreement ensuring that any returns would be voluntary.

The Cameroonian authorities have previously claimed that Boko Haram militants have been entering the country disguised as refugees.

The UNHCR says forced return constitutes a serious violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1969 OAU Convention, both of which Cameroon has ratified.

It has previously called on Cameroon to honour its obligations under the conventions and continue keeping its borders open to allow access to territory and asylum procedures for people fleeing the Islamist insurgency

D’Tiger Defeats Cameroon 106 To 91, Hits Semifinals

The Nigeria Basket ball Squad, D’Tigers yesterday defeated Cameroon by 106 points to 91 to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing 2017 Afrobasket Championships being co-hosted by Tunisia and Senegal.

Nigerians playing in Group, which is based in Tunisia, took the initiative from the onset and were never threatened by their opponents, who relied more on power than their talents in the game that drew a large crowd to the arena.

Each time the Camerounians looked like they could come back in the game, especially when they reduced the gap to just five points at the end of the third quarter, the Nigerians upped their tempo to stretch their lead.

The game changing moment came at the start of the fourth quarter when Nigeria went on a 10-0 run that led Cameron to call a timeout, but the latter wasn’t able to claw their way back.

It is really hard to call who Nigeria’s best player was, as all the players both off the bench contributed points that earned them the win.

Ike Nwamu was so good that he made seven of nine shots he attempted from outside the arc, finishing with 25 points and seven assists. In fact, virtually all those points came in the last quarter.

Ike Diogu led by example for Nigeria, making 28 points and nine rebounds with 7/12 FG, converting 5/6 of three point shots attempted in the game.Bryant Mbamalu was another big performer for D’Tigers with a tally of 22 points and four rebounds.

Followed by Deji Akindele with 13 points and also Ike Iroegbu with the seven assists that set up his teammates.

The scoreline showed that Nigeria completely dominated, but it looks surprising that Cameroon who had four players with double digits still lost. Beniot Mbala had a game high 32 points and 10 rebounds, while Felix Bogmis had 25 points.




Source: The Guardian


FIFA WCQ: Nigeria Play 1-1 Draw Against Cameroon In Yaounde

The Super Eagles on Monday played a 1-1 draw with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the Stade Omnispirts Ahmadu Ahidjo in Yaounde.

The Nigerians were rewarded with a goal in the 30th minute after an Odion Ighalo’s shot was cleared to Belgium-based Moses Simon who put the ball behind goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.

The Cameroonians equalised from the spot following a challenge by goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa on Djoum Arnaud. Vincent Aboubakar slots the ball calmly into the net as Ezenwa runs the wrong way.

The Super Eagles were the better team when both sides clashed last Friday in Uyo; winning 4-0 at the Nest of Champions.

FIFA WCQ: Nigeria Thrash Cameroon 4 Goals To Nothing

The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Friday demolished the Indomitable lions of Cameroon 4-0 during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers match played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

The goals were scored by striker Odion Ighalo, Captain John Mikel Obi, Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses and Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho.

Odion Ighalo put Nigeria ahead after receiving a fine pass from John Obi Mikel in the 29th minute.

John Mikel Obi added the second on the 42 minute.

Moses Simon assisted the third goal scored by Victor Moses in the 55th minute.

Kelechi Iheanacho punished the Indomitable Lions with a fine header in the 76th minute.

Nigeria lead the group with 9 points from three game, followed by Cameroon with two points while Zambia and Algeria are on one point each.

Cameroon Lion Train Behind Close Door, Target Win In Uyo

Cameroon national team coach Hugo Broos is expecting only one of the players he invited for the World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria to join the team in Yaoundé.

According to camfoot.com, the last player that will join the Indomitable Lions is Seattle Sounders left back, Nouhou Tolo, who has yet to report for international duty because he was in action for the American club on Monday morning.

Porto star, Vincent Aboubakar and Stoke City new recruit, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting are among the 22 players in camp.

The Indomitable Lions workout yesterday at the Military Stadium in Yaoundé was closed to the public and press.

Although Broos acknowledges that the team faces an uphill task of beating the Super Eagles in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo, he thinks the task is achievable.

Cameroon will be desperate for a point in a bid to at least keep their World Cup dream alive as they battle a Super Eagles that are top of group B on six points against Lions’ two points from two matches.

Although he believers they could upset the odds, Broos, however, charged his team to pick at least four points from the two-leg.

“These are two important matches. And even after that, there will be Zambia and Algeria, four important games,” he continued.

“If we still have the chance to qualify, we must take at least four points out of six against Nigeria.

“If that is not the case, I think it will not be possible to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. It will become very difficult.”

Commenting on the recent crisis in the FA (FECAFOOT), the Belgian tactician said: “I was surprised by the events of the last few days in Cameroun. I do not have a comment because it does not concern me.

“I am here for both games against Nigeria. I hope that these events will not disrupt or influence these two games.”

Eagles Arrive Uyo In Preparation For 2018 World Cup Qualifier

The Super Eagles will begin preparation for their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon today with half of the players invited for the matches already in town.

Nigeria will meet Cameroon min Uyo on Friday and travel to Yaoundé four days later for the reverse leg of the double header.The Guardian’s check yesterday revealed that 11 players are already in Uyo for the encounter, which victory will confirm Nigeria’s passage to Russia.

Among the early birds are Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Obi, Mikel Agu, William Troost-Ekong, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Odion Ighalo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Dele Alampasu, Eddy Onazi and Elderson Echiejile.

Germany-based defender, Leon Balogun twitted yesterday that he was on his way to Nigeria, but The Guardian could not ascertain if he had arrived in Uyo

Chelsea star, Victor Moses was said to have departed London for Nigeria on Sunday, while Kelechi Iheanacho was reported to have assured Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials to he would be in for the team’s first training session today.

While the Eagles are getting ready for the preparations for the game, Cameroon’s striker, Christian Bassogog has thrown a challenge to the Nigerians, saying the Indomitable Lions are coming to Uyo to thrash Gernot Rohr’s men.

Bassogog told Fifa.com that they would attack the Super Eagles from the blast of the referee whistle to the end.“Nigeria is a strong team. They have very good players and many of them are playing in Europe. But we must defeat them if we are to maintain our qualifying hopes.

“We should take the game to them. We need to fight to defeat them. “Our players are young, but we are strong as a team. He is a good coach. He knows what the players are good at so he can get the best out of us. In this team, everyone has his chance.

“These are matches I want to win. We are not in an ideal position but these are qualifying games for the World Cup. I will do my utmost to help our team.”

Nigeria lead group B with six points after beating Zambia and Algeria while Cameroon is second on two points following their two draws with Algeria and Zambia.

AFCON 2019: CAF Postpones Cameroon Inspection Date

Following the withdrawal of audit firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed an earlier scheduled eight-day inspection mission to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon.

The upcoming AFCON gmes is to host 24 teams for the first time ever as against the usual 16 teams.

The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) president, Tombi A Roko Sidiki, was notified by Caf and responded by addressing speculation surrounding security levels for visiting inspectors.

“We observed that there was a huge rumour circulating today, indicating that the security of the members of the audit firm selected for the first inspection mission from August 20-28 in relation to the organization of the 2019 AFCON, was at stake”.

He reassured both PWC and CAF members that the Cameroon 2019 organising committee have taken all necessary measures to ensure their safety during their stay.

UN laud Cameroon’s Generosity To Nigerians Refugees

The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, has commended Cameroon for its generosity towards the Nigerian refugees who fled to the country to escape the destructive activities of Boko Haram terrorists.

Mohammed gave the commendation during a meeting with Cameroon’s delegation led by Prof. Paul Ghogomu, Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon, a readout from the meeting, stated.

“The Deputy Secretary-General commended Cameroon for its generosity towards refugees from the Central African Republic and Nigeria.

“She conveyed that the United Nations looks forward to working with Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad to reintegrate those affected, especially women, youth and children.

Mohammed and Ghogomu also discussed the situation in the Bakassi Peninsula and the fight against Boko Haram as well as the 2030 Agenda and the UN development system reform.

They similarly discussed the internal situation in the Republic of Cameroon, particularly in the Anglophone regions.

The UN deputy scribe welcomed the efforts being undertaken by the Cameroonian government to de-escalate tensions and highlighted the importance of further confidence building measures.

These measures include ensuring that justice is given to all and that human rights are upheld and respected, and noting that those responsible for rule of law are to be held to a higher standard.

Mohammed also reiterated the willingness of the UN to assist, through the good offices of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, Mr François Fall, and the UN country team.

According to the deputy Secretary-General, the UN will support include efforts to address the outstanding root causes of the tensions in the affected regions.