Beti Asomo Commissions Officers of 5th Military Region

Defense Minister Beti Assomo inspecting Guard of honour

Commanding officers of the 5th Joint military Region have been instructed to go straight to work and defeat the rising security threats faced by Cameroon. Beti Assomo, Minister Delegate at the Presidency In-Charge of Defense  dished out the instruction  today while commissioning into office appointed officials of the  5th Joint Military Region at a ceremony the Bamenda Ceremonial Ground.

This military region was created as a quest to optimize the efficiency of the arm forces in the rising threats of insecurity he said. The Minister Delegate when further to salute the efforts of the military in preserving national unity and the territorial integrity of the country.

Brigadier General Agha Robinson Ndong was installed as the Commander of the 5th Joint military region with territorial command over the Northwest and West Regions of the country.  Similarly, Brigadier General Essoh Jules Cesar took over command of the 5th joint Gendarmerie Region with an identical area of command.

Also installed in the same ceremony were Col. Pence James Michel as commander of the 51st Motorised Infantry Brigade, Col. Keneth Akwe Nzumi as commander of the 501 Air force Base, Col. Njume Charles as commander of the 51st Military Engineering Regiment. Lt. Col. Pufong Edgar Daniel was also commissioned as the commander of the 5th Army Rescue Unit Fighters Group.

The 5th military region in the country with head quarters in Bamenda was created by a presidential decree signed on February 21, 2018.  The 5th Joint Military Region that controls the Northwest and West Regions was carved out of the 2nd Joint Military Region that was headquartered in Douala, Littoral Region. The 2nd Military Region before now controlled the Littoral, Southwest, West and Northwest regions.

The presidential decree signed splits the region into two. The Southwest and Littoral remains under the 2nd Military Region control from Douala and the Northwest and West under Bamenda.  The changes come following numerous criticism and complaints from soldiers on the field. The presidential decree brings the command posts closer to the field of operations in the war against Anglophone separatists.

Brigadier General Agha Robinson

Brigadier Gen. Julrs Esso Cesar

Col. Keneth Akwe-501 Airforce base

Col. Pance James-51st Motarized Infantry Brigade

Col. Pance James-51st Motarized Infantry Brigade

Lt Col. Pufong Edgar-Commander 5th Army Rescue Unit

Female Gendarmarie officers marching pass

Military Band

Brigadier General Esso taking authority of Command from the minister

  Defense Minister with traditional rulers[/caption]

By Ndi Tsembom Elvis

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