Bamenda: Impromptu Lockdown As Pope’s Envoy Visits

There is a partial lockdown in parts of the North West region.

According to information from inhabitants of the town of Bamenda, some quarters are completely deserted, while there’s little movement in some areas.

Information from the online portal of Ambazonia television says they have imposed a lockdown in Bamenda because Vatican’s secretary of state will be in Bamenda as from today January 30.

Pope Francis’ envoy, Cardinal Pietro Parolin arrived Cameroon on January 28 and met with President Paul Biya on Friday at the unity palace, where he delivered a message of peace to Biya.

Why The Lockdown?
Cardinal Pietro Parolin will arrive Bamenda today January 30 by helicopter, where he is expected to meet the population to preach peace and assess the crisis.

He will preside over mass on Sunday at St Joseph Metropolitan Archdiocese Big Mankon, before returning to Yaounde later in the evening.

According Ambazonia leaders, the reason for the lockdown is for Cardinal Pietro to see the deserted nature of the town and what the people are going through, so that he may pressurise Biya to end the crisis.

Many inhabitants of this town seems not to welcome the idea, some say those in the diaspora only know to impose lockdowns on the people without considering their day to day activities.

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