Last Tuesday, the executives of seven intercity transport companies signed a joint declaration announcing the resumption of activities. "Following certain posts published on social media in recent days calling transport agencies to cease operations, we, the promoters of intercity transport agencies in the North West region, have today, September 19, 2023, unanimously agreed to fearlessly continue our normal daily activities to ensure the free movement of populations and goods to and from Bamenda," the document reads.
On Tuesday, September 19, almost all transport companies operating from Bamenda halted their activities following reports of separatist threats. Passengers arriving that day were unable to make their journey back. "We firmly warn the perpetrators of these diabolical acts to stay away from our agencies, our buses, our passengers, etc.," the promoters add, warning the said separatists issuing threats.
Since 2017 and the outbreak of the separatist crisis in the North-West and South-West regions, secessionists have repeatedly attempted to isolate the said regions from the rest of the country. Repeated attacks on buses are part of this strategy. The separatists also usually organize lockdowns threatening those who violate the lockdown orders by going about their daily businesses.