Monday, 5 June 2017

Cameroonian Soldiers Block Highway, Call For Wages To Be Paid

No fewer than fifty armed Cameroonian soldiers demanding unpaid salaries briefly blocked off a major highway in the north of Cameroon on Sunday morning, an army source and the government said.


The soldiers, who were at the end of a tour near the border with Chad in Cameroon’s Far North region, demanded two years’ worth of salaries and expenses that they said they were owed.

“Soldiers from the air force…took up arms against the advice of their military hierarchy and blocked national route 1 after dismantling their posts at the frontier,” said an army source in the regional capital of Maroua.

The source said soldiers returned to barracks later on Sunday after discussions took place with army generals, said the army source.

It was not clear how much money the soldiers demanded.
Cameroonian Soldiers Block Highway, Call For Wages To Be Paid
Soldiers in northern Cameroon operate in one of the region’s most dangerous areas.

Suicide attacks carried out by Boko Haram have become less frequent this year due to military successes against the militants. However, the threat remains.

Boko Haram killed nine soldiers in Chad last month.

A government spokesman declined to comment on the amount of the salaries or if they will be paid.

He said negotiations with the soldiers will be led by the Defence Minister, who is currently out of the country.

“The agitation has been quickly curbed and calm reigns,” he said.
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