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Furious Inhabitants Burn Wum Military Camp 

By Chris Mbunwe

An enraged crowd on Saturday, January 23, 2016, burnt the military camp in Wum, Menchum Division, Northwest Region.

A soldier, whose names we could not get at press time, intervened in a fight between two commercial motorcyclists (bendskin), slapping both parties in order to separate them.

Instead of stopping the fight, the bendskins reportedly teamed up and turned on the soldier.
Reports say the soldier drew a knife and stabbed one of the bendskin riders, 23-year-old Leonard Mih Ngong, popularly known as Leo, on the chest.
Leo reportedly collapsed and died.

The young bendskin’s death infuriated the population, which marched to the military camp and set it on fire.

Since then, Wum is under an undeclared state of emergency as there is no movement into or out of town, but for a military helicopter that flew in on Sunday, January 24, 2016 from Bamenda.

Northwest Governor Lele L’Afrique and Menchum Senior Divisional Officer held a meeting with elites and political stakeholders in Wum on that Sunday, January 24.

Social Democratic Front, SDF, Chairman, John Fru Ndi, also moved to Wum to appraise the situation.
So far, no arrests have been made. Meantime, Leo’s corpse has been preserved at the Wum Mortuary.

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