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After Killing of 15 Soldiers in Ngoketunjia, Defence Minister Announces change in Military Strategy, Urges Population to Collaborate in Fighting Insecurity

After the brutal killing of some 15 soldiers and destruction of military vehicles in Ngoketunjia division, North West region of Cameroon, the minister delegate at the presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, has announced a change of military strategy against the separatist fighters in the North West and South West regions of the country and has urge the population of both regions to collaborate with the defence and security forces to fight insecurity.

Minister Joseph Beti Assomo made the declaration in Bamenda during a one - day working visit to the North West region.

During his stay in Bamenda, minister Joseph Beti Assomo chaired two separate meetings at the Command Post of the 5th Joint military region - one with administrative authorities headed by North West governor, Adolphe Lele Afrique and the other with heads of defence and security units in Bamenda.

During the meeting, discussions focused on an in-depth assessment of the security situation of the region and how to ensure that future military operations in the region are successful.

The minister noted that the country, Cameroon, needs peace and it can only be gotten with the collaborative effort of everyone.

"The country needs peace with the sincere and patriotic support of all it's daughters and all its sons in accordance with the policy of the head of state asking all these compatriots irrespective of their location to lay down their arms and allow a return to normal life to the unhindered implementation of reconstruction projects already decided by the government with the support of her partners", he said.

While extending the condolences of the Head of State, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces to the bereaved families, minister Joseph Beti Assomo saluted the defence and security forces for their bravery, tenacity and rock-solid morale which has enabled them to preserve the territorial integrity of the country and preserving human lives.

Calling on the population to collaborate with the defence and security forces in restoring peace, Joseph Beti Assomo commended Cameroonians who on daily basis braved the fear and threats to provide support to defence and security forces in operation.

Minister Joseph Beti Assomo's visit to the region comes few days after separate attacks were carried out on in Ngoketunjia and Bui Divisions by separatist fighters claiming the lives of at least 15 soldiers, destruction of military vehicles and seizure of weapons.

By Tantan Patience

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