Cameroon fires two army chiefs over Boko Haram raids

Paul Biya

The two dismissed officers were in charge of Cameroon’s special military force instituted to quell the rising number of Boko Haram attacks in the region.

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya on Tuesday, through a decree, sacked two senior army officers in charge of securing the country’s northern town of Kolofata, following attacks on the town by the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The wife of the country’s Vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, was kidnapped in the raid, which claimed at least seven lives.

The President announced the decree over the state radio on Tuesday proclaiming the immediate dismissal of Youssa Gedeon, commander of the Gendarmerie Legion in the north, and Justin Ngonga, commander of the 34th Motorized Infantry Battalion in the same region.

The two dismissed officers were in charge of Cameroon’s special military force instituted to quell the rising number of Boko Haram attacks in the region.

The special force is said to have been strategically placed along Cameroon’s border communities with Nigeria as one of the security measures agreed upon between Nigeria and Cameroon at the France meeting in May.

The special force is made up of about 1000 soldiers.

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