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The newly appointed national gendarmerie bosses in the southern region took
office on 15 March 2019 in Ebolowa. The ceremony of taking up arms was
chaired by the Minister delegate to the Presidency in charge of defense.

By putting them on mission in the region, the Minister Delegate to the
Presidency in charge of defense recognized in them intrinsic abilities and
adequate professional aptitudes. These qualities have weighed heavily in
their favor, thus they deserve the high confidence of the chief of state of
the armed forces.

The new dynamics of the Cameroonian army call for their constancy,
dedication and incessant effort. It is therefore natural that Mindef has
prescribed an effective road map for successfully meeting the major
security challenges of the day in Cameroon and the South, ?Your area of
responsibility is the border with three friendly countries.

Organized crime in the cities and on certain roads and forest paths
underscores the illegal exploitation of wildlife and forest resources by
poachers and other traffickers, incessant migratory flows of individual
sources of illegal activities including the illegal proliferation of
weapons and ammunition.?

It is recommended to them an immediate and methodical engagement in respect
of the republican legality.

The garrison of the South is also distinguished by two valiant officers of
value. Colonels Eyenga Severin and Anne Belle Nkoto who served here with
efficiency and loyalty, dedication, availability, self-denial and
patriotism. They left an indelible impression.

According to Joseph Beti Assomo, the Minister Delegate to the Presidency in
charge of defense, “the focus should be on the surveillance and control of
the border area adjacent to the Minkebe region of Gabon, the headquarters
of questionable activities such as illegal immigration, poaching of
protected species, and illegal gold mining which could be a source of
destabilization for the subregion. Please, brothers and friends, do not let
our border ever be used by enemies of neighboring countries”.

There is no grace time for these new leaders. The influence of the national
gendarmerie and the maintenance of peace and security rests largely on them.