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Cameroon-Violence against law enforcement agencies: Defense Minister issues strong warning

by Theophile
Joseph Beti Assomo

On September 14, 2021, while presiding over the ceremony of handing over the standard to the 8th Cameroonian contingent deployed as part of the peace mission in the Central African Republic , Joseph Beti Assomo issued an ultimatum to the users who exercise the violence against the Law Enforcement.

After the Minister of Territorial Administration (Minat), Paul Atanga Nji, the Minister of Defense (Mindef) spoke out on recent videos of violence by civilians against serving police officers.

“(…) to all the chiefs who are officers of the judicial police, to immediately and without complacency open legal proceedings under the aegis of the public prosecutors for any new case of aggression, contempt of our elements regularly in the exercise of their missions ”, instructed the Minister Delegate to the Presidency of the Republic, in charge of Defense on September 14. He was speaking at the ceremony of handing over the banner to the 8th Cameroonian contingent deployed as part of the peace mission in the Central African Republic.

Mindef indicates that the soldiers are also victims of violence. Reason for which it recalls the legal provisions which punish this violence. This is Law No. 2016/007 of July 12, 2016 on the Penal Code, amended and supplemented by Law No. 2019/020 of December 24, 2019.

These texts can note contempt of the constituted bodies and civil servants (article 154), violence against civil servants (art. 156), rebellion (art 157) and disturbances on services (art 185).

Mindef’s ultimatum comes a few days after the exit from Minat, accompanied by the head of the national police force, whose elements are regularly at grips with civilians.

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For some time now, public opinion, in general and the administrative authorities in particular, have deplored the sometimes physical violence against police officers in the middle of their duties across the country. This irresponsible and contemptuous behavior towards the police has reached unacceptable limits and can no longer be tolerated “, denounced Paul Atanga Nji.

Faced with this situation, the Minister of Youth and Physical Education, Mounouna Foutsou, launched a campaign which runs from September 13 to 21, the aim of which is “to further develop republican behavior in the face of institutions, symbols and emblems of the Republic, as well as those who embody them or who are responsible for ensuring their respect ”. The said campaign runs from September 13 to 21.

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