Cameroon sacks 2 military chiefs over Boko Haram

Cameroon sacks 2 military chiefs over Boko Haram

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:52 pm

President Paul Biya  of Cameroon has dismissed two senior army officers in the country’s far north following Boko Haram attacks in which at least seven people were killed and the wife of a senior politician was kidnapped.

Militants of the Nigerian Islamist group seized the wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister, Ali Amadou and killed at least three persons  on Sunday in an attack in the northern town of Kolofata involving more than 200 assailants. At least four soldiers were killed in two separate raids late last week.

According to the decree, announced over state radio, Colonel Youssa Gedeon, commander of the Gendarmerie Legion in the north, and Lieutenant-Colonel Justin Ngonga, commander of the 34th motorised infantry battalion in the same region, were both dismissed.

Both officers were at the forefront of Cameroon’s response to the rising number of Boko Haram attacks in the region. Nigeria says the militants are using Cameroon as a rear base.

Cameroon has already introduced measures to increase security on its long, jungle border with Nigeria, deploying more than 1,000 soldiers, but has failed to stop the raids.


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  • Hussaini Umar says:

    This is how they do it when they are serioushe two army will get promoted with big cars siren and more money, shamelesly they take it. in develop world army retired in shame if they face challenges like this and unable to solve even half of it. NIGERIAN PRESIDENT LEARN FROM THIS CAMEROON LEADER.

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