Security Concerns over the proliferation of weapons in Cameroon
Consequently, « it is almost every region of the country that faces this situation, » the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization (MINATD).
While the major metropolises of Douala and Yaounde have often been affected by this phenomenon, the border areas of the Adamawa, East, Far North and North Regions respectively bordering the Central African Republic, Nigeria and Chad are the costs of galloping security concerns. Most of the robberies observed today are perpetrated with modern weapons or artisanal manufacture, MINATD lamented.
There is a new law regulating the management of arms and ammunition that alone gives the Minister of Territorial Administration and decentralization to authorise the purchase and possession of these weapons and ammunition.
Yet, « We have found that most people carry the weapons without permission to do so. » Even traditional leaders who use these weapons without permission for traditional ceremonies are liable to prosecution because no one is supposed to ignore the law”, he reiterated at MINATD.
In the meantime, populations are increasingly exposed to this phenomenon, particularly in the border areas of the Adamawa and the East where Central African armed gangs are at the origin of heavy circulation of arms in this part of Cameroon, not forgetting the Far north and the North where acts of Boko Haram have provoked proliferation of weapons too.