Poaching: Security strengthened in Bouba Ndjida Park North (Cameroon)


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This follows the discovery this week of ten elephants killed by unknown assailants. Elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) and the 31th Infantry Brigade motorized (BIM) of Tcholliré, capital of the department of Mayo-Rey, launched l’opération “Peace at Bouba Ndjida.”
It is information given yesterday by the biweekly “The eye of the Sahel.” This strengthening of security comes after the discovery of the remains of ten elephants in Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon. The ten elephants seem to have been killed in a single month. In many sources introduced, Northern Region authorities have instructed an investigation, together with the collaboration of local people has been requested in order to catch poachers. The killing of elephants has intensified in Bouba Ndjada National Park in recent years. In 2012, nearly three hundred elephants were killed by unknown heavily armed assailants. 
They had been identified by the local population of the park as individuals from Sudan. The nature of the arms (Kalashnikovs and firearms) used by the attackers had raised concerns and reactions from the international community, who saw in it a threat to security, stability and peace, for not only nations affected by these acts, but also the world. It must be said that when he appeared before the Finance Committee to the National Assembly during the budget session last November, the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Philip Ngole Ngwese, announced the strengthening of security in protected areas and national parks. The Minister announced the mobilization of certain technical and financial partners for investments in the amount of 5,650 billion CFA francs in the national parks of the Benue, Bouba Ndjida and Korup. A still insurance.