The General Manager of the Cameroon Development Cooperation, CDC, Franklin Ngoni Njie has in a press release, confirmed the February 10, 2023 attack on the CDC’s personnel carrier off the Tiko-Douala road, to the Cooperation’s Mondoni Oil Mill. The personnel carrier was ferrying workers of the CDC’s Banana Group back from work to their homes.
The attack said to have happened at about 5:30 pm on February 10, claimed the lives of five workers of the Cooperation, leaving at least 44 others wounded. The wounded were ferried to Tiko Cottage Hospital for treatment. In its statement, the CDC said the attack was carried out by a group of unidentified armed men. The statement said investigations have been opened to uncover those who are behind the heinous act.
“Five workers were killed, four males and one female. As at 3 pm today, 11th February, forty-four workers were receiving treatment at the Tiko Cottage Hospital for various injuries while one severe case has been referred to another health facility for specialist treatment” the CDC statement said.
While appealing to the CDC’s entire workforce to stay calm, the General Manager beseeched them to also stay vigilant. In his statement, CDC GM said the motive of the attack has not been established. The attack on the CDC though coming after a while, is however not the only one that has targeted workers of the cooperation. Several attacks blamed on suspected separatist fighters have occurred over the years since the beginning of the Anglophone Crisis. Attacks against the cooperation workers and its installations have over the years occurred, with the motive mainly being to ground the cooperation, which happens to be Cameroon’s second-largest employer after the state. The attacks have led to the destruction of several installations of the CDC as well as the killing of several workers. Several other workers have been maimed during such attacks.