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Soldiers block road in protest for unpaid salaries, minister of defence calls for their arrest!!

As reported by Sylvain Andzongo for Reuters:

About fifty armed Cameroonian soldiers demanding unpaid salaries briefly blocked off a major highway in the north of Cameroon on Sunday morning, an army source and the government said.

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 that they said they were owed.

“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 soldiers returned to barracks later on Sunday after discussions took place with army generals, said the army source. It was not clear how much money the soldiers demanded.

Soldiers in northern Cameroon operate in one of the region’s most dangerous areas. While 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.

The Minister of defence released a statement in reaction to the soldiers protest, stating among other resolutions, that the undisciplined soldiers will be transferred to Yaounde by air where they will be detained. The soldiers are now under custody in Yaounde and a judicial investigation has been opened. See the minister’s statement below:

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