Cameroon/June 4, 2019/ Frank Ikpefan, Abuja /No Comment/105 views /Cameroon Cameroon: Government Denies Separatists Blew Up Lone Refineryshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel Photo: VOA/M. Kindzeka The remains of a Cameroon refinery in Limbe are seen after an explosion shook the facility over the weekend, June 2, 2019. By Moki Edwin Kindzeka Cameroon has increased troops around its lone oil refinery, after a weekend explosion caused a shutdown of the facility. But the government denies separatist fighters were responsible and says there will be no shortages of petroleum products. Christine Enanga, a 21-year old trying to buy cooking gas from a supplier in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, worries that in days ahead she may not be able to find the commodity. “I came to buy four bottles of [cooking] gas,” she said, “but they told me they could not sell four, that they could only sell two because other people are buying and I know there would be serious scarcity in Cameroon.” ALSO READ Cameroon: 2019 Cameroon Film Festival Cancelled Over ViolenceDrivers are also buying and stocking fuel. The scare was sparked after a storage tank exploded Saturday night at Cameroon’s only oil refinery in the town of Limbe, in the Southwest region. The blast caused a fire that damaged parts of the refinery and shut down output. No lives were lost. More on This Cameroon’s Trade Minister Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana said there will be no shortages and no price increases of petroleum products. ALSO READ Cameroon: Anglophone crisis to alter Ramadan prayers in Bui - Journal du CamerounHe said Cameroon two years ago found itself in a similar difficult situation, when the national refinery shut down its doors for eight months for rehabilitation. He said shortages in supply were minimal because imports were increased without increasing prices. He urged people to remain calm. Rebels fighting to separate the English-speaking parts of Cameroon from the Francophone majority claimed responsibility for the explosion on social media. They said the refinery was attacked because English speakers benefit very little from the company. Government spokesperson Rene Emmanuel Sadi said proceeds from the company are used to develop all of Cameroon and refuted claims that the explosion was perpetrated by secessionist fighters. He said early investigations indicate it was an accident. ALSO READ Senegal President Sall tells PM to scrap his own post - Journal du CamerounHe said details of the accident that blew up parts of the refinery will be made public soon. He added that the military has been deployed to make sure the refinery and its equipment are totally protected. The refinery, which is almost entirely state-owned, supplies 2.2 million tons of crude a year to Cameroon and countries of the region including Togo, Nigeria, and Ghana. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Cameroon share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleNBC threatens AIT over ?anti-government reports? (Photos)next articleMoroccan Pianist Nour Ayadi First Woman to Win 2019 Cortot Grand Prize in ParisRelated Posts469 shares Cameroon/June 18, 2019 /No Comment Cameroon: Mandates of MPs, Councillors to be extended – Journal du Cameroun462 shares Cameroon/June 18, 2019 /No Comment Egypt’s former president Morsi buried in Cairo – Journal du CamerounFor media covering Mexico’s AMLO, access comes with attacks – Journal du CamerounCameroon: How Twitter Has Been Used in Cameroon’s Anglophone CrisisCameroon:Paul Biya decrees ‘day of mourning’ for soldiers killed in Boko Haram attackCameroon: SDF supporter hits back at Limbe chiefs over Fru Ndi ‘key’ saga – Journal du CamerounClose to 2,300 eSwatini boys circumcised in school campaign – Journal du CamerounWaves of Chinese tourists invade North Korea – Journal du CamerounJapan unveils moves to stop car crashes caused by elderly – Journal du Cameroun‘Avengers’ dominates MTV awards as Larsen honors stunt doubles – Journal du Cameroun Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.