Cameroon has a new military region created to cater for security needs in the west and northwest region, the state-owned CRTV has reported.
President Paul Biya signed directives reorganizing the country’s defense forces leading to the splitting into two of the former military region [Région militaire interarmées – RMIA] RMIA 2 which is based in Douala.
The new region becomes the fifth (RMIA 5) and is headquarted in capital of the northwest region Bamenda.
The measure is seen as a clear plan to deal with the raging Anglophone crisis that has rocked the country since October 2017. Separatists in the region continue to engage in deadly clashes with security forces.
Under the banner of the so-called Ambazonia republic, separatists are pushing a breakaway of the Anglophone regions (northwest and southwest) from French-majority Cameroon.
The government has insisted that the region remains secured and has declared the separatists terrorists. Last month, Nigeria deported about 47 separatists to Yaounde, the deportees included a known separatist leader, Julius Sisuku Ayuk Tabe.
Nigeria has also been bearing the brunt of the crisis in Cameroon with the continuing influx of refugees. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has reported that thousands of people have arrived in Nigeria over the past few months.
Major change: Military Region 2 is split into two. It gives birth to the military region No. 5 whose command post is in Bamenda.
Also, the army changes in the Generals:
RMIA 2 Douala : Saly Mohamadou
RMIA 5 Bamenda : Agha Robinson Ndong
12e BRIM Bertoua : Joseph Nouma.
RG 2 Douala : Toungue Elias.
RG 4 Maroua: Louba Zal Pierre.
RG 5 Bamenda : Essoh Jules Cesar.
DG Eiforces : Bitote André Patrice.
The above changes comes after more than 210 soldiers were killed this week by well-armed Ambazonia soldiers in Ambazonia. Biya's terrorists are disoriented and weakened by the Ambazonia soldiers and some Generals in Biya's army opted to resign from Ambazonia, arguing that they are ill-equipped to face our soldiers.
La Republique current has 64 army Generals. Ambazonia has only 1.