Joseph Beti Assomo, Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, has urged the newly installed military commanders to the country’s three Northern regions to step-up security.
The newly promoted Brigadier Generals Frederic Njonkep, and Assoualai Blama have been installed as commanders of the 4th Joint Military region and 4th Gendarmerie Region both having headquarters in Maroua.
The appointments were welcomed by the population that was getting increasingly frustrated with the wave of violence through suicide bombings within the Cameroon-Nigeria boarder areas, the most recent being the attack on a makeshift restaurant in Waza that resulted in the death of least 16 people.
Many hope that the new military officers will step-up security at the boarder localities, prayer grounds and particularly markets. The newly appointed officials were also exhorted to enforce discipline especially after a Squadron Commander and four others were shot to death by a disgruntled gendarme officer in Kousseri.
Miniser Beti Assomo also traveled to the North region, where he commission Brigadier General Ekongwese Divine Nnoko as commander of the third Gendarmerie region with Headquarters in Garoua and Brigadier General Eba Eba Bede Benoit as Commander of the fourth Joint Military region.
The series of Installations continued in the Adamawa region with two newly appointed senior military officers taking command in Ngaoundere.