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    Planned post-election protests put Douala on high security alert

    Cameroon’s economic capital Douala has been highly militarised to contain a planned protest march organised by political actors against what they describe as massive fraud during the October 7 Presidential election.

    The city woke up on Sunday and Monday morning to a heavy deployment of troops and anti-riot vans at strategic areas of the town with security checks carried out.

    Reports say Cameroon's political capital Yaounde is also under serious security alert with troops stationed at targeted areas.

    The residences of the main organisers in Douala Jean Michel Nintcheu, regional chair of the Social Democratic Front party as well as that of activist Edith Kah Walla have been heavily militarised with reports pointing to a possible house arrest.

    Though banned by local authorities, organisers have vowed the protest will take place, prompting security officials to take measures to counter any move.

    Kah Walla told BBC on Sunday that at least three dozens of military officers were stationed at her residence and have placed her under illegal house arrest.

    A video that was later released showed Kah Walla, urging the security men to leave her residence saying she is not part of any protest.

    Reports say at least four persons have been arrested by security forces around the Dakar neighbourhood in the Douala III sub division, where the protest was supposed to take place.

    The regional chair of the Social Democratic Front and main organiser of the protest Jean Michel Nintcheu, has not been seen.

    The tensions in Douala come on the eve of the proclamation of the results of the Presidential election by Cameroon’s Constitutional Council that rejected petitions from the opposition to cancel the polls on grounds of massive fraud.

    Paul Biya, 85, is widely expected to be declared winner of the October 7 polls handing him another seven-year mandate to extend his 36-year rule.

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