Cameroon defence minister urges vigilance ahead of AFCON


Cameroon’s Defence minister Joseph Beti Assomo on Monday urged security forces to be vigilant and prepared as the central African nation prepares to host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) early next year.

He did not cite any specific concerns or threats but said separatist attacks in the country’s Anglophone regions where some AFCON matches will be played were a cause for concern.

“There has been an overall improvement in the security situation in recent months as evidenced by the relatively smooth running of schools for the current academic year (in Anglophone regions),” Assomo said in the capital, Yaounde, at the start of a meeting to evaluate the security situation of the country ahead of AFCON and end-of-year festivities.

“However, the number of improvised device explosions recorded over the past few weeks in the cities of Buea and Bamenda and the loss of human lives and property recorded during some terrorist attacks underline the need for utmost vigilance in security coverage of the flagship sporting event in preparation.”

Cameroon is facing security challenges in the country’s Far North region where Boko Haram continues to terrorize civilians and security forces and in the two Anglophone regions.

AFCON, Africa’s biggest biennial football competition, is scheduled to take place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 next year. Endite

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