Incredible! Cameroonian Soldiers Block Highway, Demand Wages
In Nigeria, in recent years, citizens have gotten used to seeing teachers, oil workers, doctors and some essential service providers going on strike.
But it is not a common sight to see the Police or military doing same; but next door neighbours Cameroon have seen the unbelievable.
At least 50 armed Cameroonian soldiers demanding unpaid salaries briefly blocked off a major highway in the north of Cameroon on Sunday.
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 they claim they are being owed.
This is according to an army source and another person in government.
“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 the barracks after discussions took place with army generals.
It is not clear how much money the soldiers demanded.
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, the threat remains.
Boko Haram killed nine soldiers in Chad last month.