Security forces in Koutaba, Noun division, West region over the weekend seized 300 kilogrammes of cannabis (marijuana), eight war arms and neutralised four gunmen suspected to be separatist fighters.
The Guardian Post gathered that, the exploits came in the wake of renewed administrative resolve to crackdown on drug trafficking in the area to sustain public peace and security.
It is not clear if the huge consignment of marijuana is linked to the suspected separatists fighters neutralised and the war arms seized in the course of the operations. Administrative authorities in Koutaba inspected the burning of the marijuana on the outskirts of the locality.
Arsene Biya, First assistant Senior Divisional Officer for Noun division, told reporters that the action is the result of coordinated action to stamp out drug trafficking. The administrator said the cannabis were seized and burnt to stamp out the business of drug within noun division.
Reports hold that within the period of the special security operation, security forces seized eight war arms from gunmen. Four other gunmen suspected to be separatists were neutralised in the course of the operation.
Noun division is known to border the Bui division in the restive North West region. Within the Anglophone crisis, gunmen suspected to be separatists have made incursions on several parts of the West region.
Bui too is known to be a haven for the farming of cannabis. It is believed that the drug is smuggled through the border localities before being distributed in major cities such as Bafoussam, Douala and Yaounde.
Territorial Administration Minister, Paul Atanga Nji, has within the context of the restive nature of the two English-speaking regions challenged local administrators and security forces to control the circulation of arms.
Atanga Nji has made visits to the Littoral, West, North West and South West regions asking stakeholders to collaborate with administrative and security authorities to battle the business of drug trafficking.
Government has remained tough on gunmen operating in the North West and South west regions. From President Biya to cabinet ministers, the state has repeatedly appealed tô the separatist fighters to drop their guns and return to normal life.