The move by Ekema came after all shops in his area of command respected ghost town, a form of civil disobedience instituted by Anglophone Activists.
Accompanied by combat ready soldiers, Patrick Ekema and Council agents sealed one shop after another.
On the seal note, owners were reminded on penalties that await them such as imprisonment from 6 months to 2 years and a fine between fifty thousand and five hundredth thousand francs.
The shops sealed in Clerk Quarters and Buea Town are closer to the council and surrounded by Military , Gendarmerie and Penitentiary stations , but the Mayor could not move to Mile 17, where Separatist fighters could have imposed a gun battle.
Mr Ekema had in an outing on July 20, 2018 sent out a release warning shop owners against closing their shops on Mondays, promising hell on them.
But the owners are now caught in a web, wherein Ambazonia fighters impose a ghost town and force them to respect and the Mayor pressurizes them to open their shops.
Critics have held that the Mayor is setting confusion on the issue, by forcing the shop owners whereas the council will not provide security when need be.
Massive Ghost Town in Other Areas
Denizens in Limbe, Mutengene, Kumba, Kumba, and other major Anglophone towns respected the civil disobedience. In Bamenda, the entire City was calm but Soldiers were seen checking ID cards of locals, especially those who dared to go out.
There was also control of Identity cards in Limbe and other Fako towns. However no major incident was recorded on Monay July 23, 2018 in the South West region unlike other days where security officers and civilians were murdered in clod blood.