Cameroon ends internet shutdown on orders of President

President Paul Biya

Cameroon President Paul Biya has ordered the return of internet services in the country’s English-speaking regions three months after they were cut off following protests.

Reports says people were delighted when online access was restored in both regions on Thursday at 19:00 GMT.

Before the ban, authorities had warned mobile phone users they faced jail for spreading false information.

Communications and the economy were badly affected by the shutdown.

Anglophone Cameroonians make up about 20% of the country’s 23 million people.

Workers in Cameroon’s tech hub, known as Silicon Mountain, had to relocate to areas where the internet was still available.

Anglophone Cameroonians in the North-West and South-West regions had been protesting over the imposition of French in their schools and courts.