For weeks now, some wandering alligators have been spreading panic in Garoua, the capital of the Northern region. The reptiles were spotted at Camp Caro, in the residential neighborhood. According to witnesses, they have already devoured many household animals.
"They are numerous and devour our domestic animals. We alerted the people in charge of the zoological center and they came but did nothing. We can’t stop them, we can’t do anything,” a resident said. "The reptiles sometimes come out in the morning at around 4 or 5 a.m. With the rains, others have disappeared, but there are still three of them," another resident said.
The regional representation of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife is trying to find a solution to this situation because these reptiles cannot remain in the wild as they pose significant problems to the safety of residents. "When the Benue River gets flooded, they head towards drains and end up in urban areas. We are currently looking for a specialist who can help us capture them,” said Ernest Fondemba, the regional representative of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. In the meantime, residents are advised to be cautious.